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Miles really doesn't have anything to do with it. It's on the annual maintenance checklist: front forks/rear shock absorbers oil leak inspect. I've had bikes that never ever leaked. I've had some seals that went early. It's a wear part, from what I understand.
 

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you can try and put some Vaseline on the forks close to the seal and compress the forks . Sometimes it might be a little piece of dirt that is making it leak and the Vaseline will push the dirt away.
 

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Well, I went ahead and bought the seals for both forks, also the dust caps. It will be all installed next week, bummer
 

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Before you do it, run a bit of camera film or similar under the seal and all around. Sometimes a bit of dirt gets there and holds the seal open, this cleans it out and stops the leak.
 

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Well, the thing is that it has already lost at least 2 ounces of fluid, and I would not like to leave one fork oil level too low. Nice idea.
 

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Of course you'll need to add some fluid, but if you get the dirt out it saves you the PITA of taking the forks all the way apart and it is a good trick to know if it happens again before that much fluid is lost.
 

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Which fork is it? As I understand it, only one fork (the right?) has any damping action. The other is only a spring. It may be the case (I don't know) that fluid is not essential in the other fork. I wonder how important the seal is on the side with no damping.
 
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