Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Topeka, KS, USA
Re: Still working to find a fluid leak
When my fork seals went south the fluid did not appear red in color. Mine leaked badly, to the point of partially covering the left side of the lowers. All I can tell you is that leaks run downhill unless the wind is blowing hard and then they go where the breeze goes, so above and/or forward of the wet spot is usually the culprit location. Also, if it is your fork seals, moisture contamination will change the color of the oil and then it varies depending on synthetic or regular. For example, water turns regular gear lube a cream color and synthetic gear lube turns black. As I recall mine had turned almost black when I dumped it out, but only in the bottom of the tube where the water had settled. The top part still looked ok.
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