I have a Suntour XCM V3 HLO 100mm travel fork on my 2011 trek 4500.
The preload knob was stuck and when I tried loosening it with pliers, it got slightly warped. Fortunately, it was cosmetic. It moved only 2-3 mm.
I tried again with an adjustable wrench and now, its moving more freely.
It also looks like it's working (as I need to press harder on fork to make it move with extra preload. I have not tried sitting on bike).
1)My doubt now is how many turns can I twist it either way ( - or + ).
2) I have Finish line wet lube and also finishline stanchion lube.
Should I put either of the above lubes around the preload adjuster to loosen it further?
3) Do I need to do any maintenance for preload system ?
My lockout knob is ok ( Possibly because I use it often).
Thanks in advance and thanks to all who responded to my previous queries.
Have a nice one.
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