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I hope I didn't screw up, but I used brake fluid to clean the excessive grease and gunk off of my chain. I forgot about the o-rings, but brake fluid and o-rings ought to co-exist peacefully, right???
 

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It's probably not going to hurt anything this time, but you don't
want to do that on a regular basis.
Brake fluid will cause the o-rings to swell up and could cause binding
in the chain or complete o-ring failure.

If you haven't already oiled/waxed the chain, go back over it
with some WD-40 or some light lubricant to clean it and then
apply the oil/wax.

I doubt it will hurt anything on a single occassion, but don't do it all the time.
 

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You're probably fine, but I wouldn't do it again. Brake fluid is HELL on painted surfaces and probably isn't good for chrome, rubber, etc. If you get it in your eye or all over your hands it's probably bad too (I treat the stuff like nuclear waste).

I use kerosene for cleaning the chain. Works great. If you're worried about the kerosene/cancer link (?), just wear latex gloves. It works great. Apparently WD-40 is ok for cleaning too, although most folks recommend against it as a lube (doesn't last and there is a school of thought which believes it's bad for the o-rings - some folks also think that WD-40 is a cancer risk if you bathe in it....).

If I were you, I'd go clean it and re-lube again before you ride too much more.

Cheers, D-Mac
 
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