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Checked pressure in shock last week, after filling to 40 psi had small
amount of oil on tire gauge. It has been holding air just fine so,

do I need to start looking for a shock?
 

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Checked pressure in shock last week, after filling to 40 psi had small
amount of oil on tire gauge. It has been holding air just fine so,

do I need to start looking for a shock?
Are you saying oil is coming through the Schrader valve?
When my shock failed I had oil on the outside of the shock itself. I think a seal failed on mine. Mine would hold air too.

If your shock is leaking oil, it is not repairable AFAIK.

How many miles?mine only had about 20,000 miles when it failed. It’s kind of a crap shoot. Some last a long long time. But there’s been quite a few failures.

I bought a used take off from a trike conversion.
 

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When my shock went out it was like Tarzan's mentioned, oil was leaking on the outside of the shock. Mine went out with less than 1k miles on the bike but the replacement has been fine since. Mine would also hold air even though the hydrolic fluid had leaked out.
 

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@v2blue took his shock apart and replaced the seals. He had to grind off the crimp nut at the bottom. Anyway, as I recall, after he reassembled his shock he added the oil through the air inlet. I don't think there is any separate chamber. Getting a little blow-back as you let air out during a pressure check should not be a problem.
 

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Checked pressure in shock last week, after filling to 40 psi had small
amount of oil on tire gauge. It has been holding air just fine so,

do I need to start looking for a shock?
Owners handbook and workshop manual says a small amount of oil blown out when checking or pumping up the pressure is not a problem.
 

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@v2blue took his shock apart and replaced the seals. He had to grind off the crimp nut at the bottom. Anyway, as I recall, after he reassembled his shock he added the oil through the air inlet. I don't think there is any separate chamber. Getting a little blow-back as you let air out during a pressure check should not be a problem.
Do you know how he fastened the shock back together? Is it actually threaded on that end? Mine kind of looks like it’s just a swedged end.
 

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I'm not sure but I believe it is threaded.
 
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