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  • Bleeding elixirs – Problem!!
  • spicer
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    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? 😀 )

    Follow the instructions, but use more fluid in the calliper end syringe. Push loads through.

    Have you got the bleed block in? It pushes the pistons right back into the calipers, less space for air to get trapped.

    The bleed block is about 10mm thick btw.

    Premier Icon JoeG
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    Degassing the fluid? Caliper pistons reset all the way? Reach/contact adjusters wound in? Doing the hose, caliper, and lever bleeds in the correct order?

    [video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoaPUw5DliA[/video]

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    Get a lever rebuild kit from Germany. About £15, easy to fit and they’ll be brand new. (done this loads of times).

    spicer
    Member

    Might have a look at the rebuilt- getting a hissing noise from one of the levers! Still not working!

    extremenik
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    Do,
    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.

    wurzelcube
    Member

    Spicer – get a new bleed kit, go for the pro kit; it should sort your issues.

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    Might have a look at the rebuilt- getting a hissing noise from one of the levers! Still not working!

    see

    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).

    and

    http://www.bike-discount.de/shop/a77668/service-kit-bremshebel-elixir-cr-r-5.html

    I love elixirs and nearly gave up on them, but this restores them to as-new.

    Follow the instructions, but use more fluid in the calliper end syringe

    This.

    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).

    Premier Icon jimmy
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    getting a hissing noise from one of the levers!

    but this means the seals are goosed.

    yup

    Although I read that both brakes were pulling back to the bar, and one lever is hissing. So an error in process when refilling both levers, but also, one lever has a goosed seal somewhere.

    When does it hiss? When you put vacuum on the lever syringe?

    Edit: I should read better.

    spicer
    Member

    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:

    http://syrvet.com/products/?syrvet_premium_syringes&show=product&productID=276

    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…. 🙂

    Premier Icon JoeG
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    The Avid pro bleed kit is really nice. I’m glad that I bought it instead of the cheaper one!

    ruffride
    Member

    Could still just be air make sure you tap both ends when you bleed push a full syringe through from caliper to top syringe first an squeeze brake lever first then pus it to levels it needs to be an start bleed again may help if there’s air

    My Avid rear brake did the same, would pull air in at the lever when pulling on the syringe. I got rid and replaced with deore and not had a moments bother.

    ‘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.

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