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post #6 of (permalink) Old 05-15-2019, 01:01 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Goober View Post
Zip tying the lever won’t do anything except maybe prove the piston seal is worn.

If your lever won’t hold, buy a master cylinder rebuild kit ($20).

Remove the lever
Gently remove that piston dust cover–i used needle nose but try not to tear it. The new kit comes with a new cover.
Use snap ring pliers to remove the snap ring from the housing–you’ll probably curse blue smoke trying this. Then remove the piston.

The piston seal goes in one way–take careful note Of the position.
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Originally Posted by Jeepwm69 View Post
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Originally Posted by Goober View Post
Zip tying the lever won’t do anything except maybe prove the piston seal is worn.

If your lever won’t hold, buy a master cylinder rebuild kit ($20).

Remove the lever
Gently remove that piston dust cover–i used needle nose but try not to tear it. The new kit comes with a new cover.
Use snap ring pliers to remove the snap ring from the housing–you’ll probably curse blue smoke trying this. Then remove the piston.

The piston seal goes in one way–take careful note Of the position.
I've actually had good luck zip tying the lever back IF you are having trouble bleeding air out of the system. It won't help for anything else, and sometimes it doesn't even get all the air out of the system, but it's a cheap and easy "leave it till tomorrow" trick to try if you're having trouble bleeding the system. I've done it a couple of times and come back to a wheeler with a nice firm brake lever.
I have left the zip tie on overnight and the brakes are still on proving everything is sealed properly.

Does anyone have any tactics to removing the black plunger at the bottom of the resovoir? Scared to take it off and can it cause any damage besides to the plunger?
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