elixir 5 piston sticking

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goytregrit
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elixir 5 piston sticking

Postby goytregrit » Mon Oct 08, 2012 19:06 pm

I've had fairly decent and reliable performance from my brakes and familiar with bleeding. However on a recent muddy wet ride the piston stuck and was binding causing premature wear on the one pad. I've carefully pumped the levers and got the pistons out about say 3mm, cleaned them with isopropyl, lubed them with a bit of dot 5 oil and sent the pistons in and out of the caliper a few times. Is there a particular method or lube to keep the pistons working freely? I get the feeling that if I don't service the pistons a bit more regularly that they will seize up on me again. :?

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Re: elixir 5 piston sticking

Postby nicklouse » Mon Oct 08, 2012 19:31 pm

as you have already done bout do not use DOT5 use DOT 5.1 or DOT4 or DOT3 as a lube.


but it might be time to strip and give a full clean.
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Re: elixir 5 piston sticking

Postby goytregrit » Mon Oct 08, 2012 20:23 pm

Thanks. I meant 5.1 oil. Out of curiosity I've had a look at avid tech doc on a full caliper service. Not a chance, and what's the likelihood of getting spare pistons or seals if you need them. Seems a bit of a joke all that.

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Re: elixir 5 piston sticking

Postby mrmonkfinger » Tue Oct 09, 2012 08:21 am

goytregrit wrote:what's the likelihood of getting spare pistons or seals if you need them. Seems a bit of a joke all that.


1 http://www.google.co.uk "avid elixir caliper service kit"
2 click first result
3 purchase

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Re: elixir 5 piston sticking

Postby BlueAdvocate » Tue Oct 09, 2012 13:00 pm

mrmonkfinger wrote:
1 http://www.google.co.uk "avid elixir caliper service kit"
2 click first result that isn't Elixir related
3 purchase some other brake


Fixed it :wink: Sorry I just do not get on with my Elixir 5's. Constantly have to take the pads out and clean round the piston.
Serious point I shall have a look at that kit.


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