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post #1 of 36 Old 08-19-2012, 02:00 PM Thread Starter
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Strange leak?

Yesterday I took a ride for the first time in a LONG time. Been busy with pregnancy/baby, etc. It had probably been months. Noticed a small "leak" yesterday. I figured it was wd-40 since I have cleaned my chain several times to prevent rust (outside bike).

Today the puddle was bigger. The rear suspension linkage is all wet and the stuff on the ground seems almost like water. Very thin, dirty as hell so I can't get a good smell on it...could it just be sling from the chain or from cleaning? I can't think of anything else that would be back there. Not brake fluid. Not oil. ????

I haven't slept real good in a week or so either, so use small words.




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Just went down to clean up a little. The bottom of the shock is wet. The chain is pretty wet. Everything is pretty damp and dirty....but only on the chain side. Am I just hoping it's from chain maintenance and not riding in a while? It is not actively dripping and the viscosity of the fluid on the ground is like water....or w4-40. Thin.....




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Run it down to a car wash and clean area, should be dry by the time you get back and be easier to see if a leak exists.
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I can't really leave my wife right now, but I wiped it down and then took pics.








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I can't really leave my wife right now, but I wiped it down and then took pics.



Understand, if you rub the drip with your finger does it feel slick like oil?
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It's slick, but not thick like oil. It's really thin. Overnight it leaked about the size of a volleyball. I moved it this morning and now there is a fifty cent sized wet spot (an hour?)




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Looking at your pics, it looks wet at bottom of shock. Shock oil is thin, if you could jack bike up a bit and look from the left rear and see if shock rod is wet. ( need to get up a little because there's a plastic cup on the lower end of shock assy. that doesn't let you see rod very well)
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I can't really get the bike up. But you're right, the bottom of the shock is wet. Pretty mellow ride yesterday? I did ride off a curb, but that was the biggest workout the shock got?

Problem is, I don't have garage...I can't really leave the girls. And there is no one around to help lift the bike onto anything.




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If you have a scissor jack in you car, you can put it under frame on right side near footpeg (with kickstand down) it will raise rear. I do this sometimes to service chain.
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Good idea. My neighbor will be back tomm and I'll ask him to help...don't want to dump it. Or is there urgency?




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