- Bleeding elixirs – Problem!!
Bled them many times before with no problems- I’ve now changed the hoses and completely started from scratch (refilling the system).
When I pull the lever, the pads only get to the discs when the lever is at the bars. Seems like there isn’t enough fluid in the system, but I can’t get any more in!! Aaargh
Any tips? (apart from get different brakes? 😀 )Posted 4 years agoextremenikMember
Normal sram stuff, but my only way arond this is.
Take wheel out
Pump lever, to push pistons out.
Re-place wheel or bleed spacer.
This helps as when everything is working well the lever extends the piston out then when you stop pulling the lever the piston relaxes back in the caliper and reduces the internal volume. Forcing the piston beyond the normal spacing, then relaxing back to give you the right gap for the rotor, gives you the volume inside the caliper to force the right amount of fluid in.
Ie you need to get more fluid in the caliper, with the pistons at full normal extension.
I have had all Avids and now run Trail and they only need bleeding to set this when replacing pads.Posted 4 years ago
Might have a look at the rebuilt- getting a hissing noise from one of the levers! Still not working!
jimmy – Member
Get a lever rebuild kit from Germany. About £15, easy to fit and they’ll be brand new. (done this loads of times).
I love elixirs and nearly gave up on them, but this restores them to as-new.Posted 4 years ago
Follow the instructions, but use more fluid in the calliper end syringe
You must have air trapped somewhere… Sometimes, it can help to rotate the caliper so that the bleed port is the highest point (and push fluid through from lever end). Similarly, I’ve got the odd bubble out by rotating the lever, too (and pushing through from caliper end).Posted 4 years ago
It was hissing when I pulled the lever and when pulling on the syringe.
But a new bike has just arrived with some XT’s which I’ll be using for a little while!
I’ll rebuild the hissing lever with a new seal and sort out the bleed- I’ve done it plenty of times before with no problem. Not quite sure whats happening differently this time! Might invest in some sturdier syringes like you get with the premium kit…. eg these:
and replace the o-rings on the screw fitting, air was definitely getting in a both those points.
Left them upright for a few days to help the air- hopefully will all go smoothly on the next attempt…. 🙂Posted 4 years ago
‘ll rebuild the hissing lever with a new seal and sort out the bleed- I’ve done it plenty of times before with no problem. Not quite sure whats happening differently this time!
Rereading this, it simply sounds like a seal has died. Should be fixed by a rebuild and new seals.Posted 4 years ago
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