La Pavoni Lever in upright position?

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#1: Post by ihor »

I have personally serviced my La Pavoni Stradivari for the very first time (seals etc) and all has gone well except for one detail.
Previously (these last 10 years), I have been able to lift the lever to the uppermost position, wait until a few drops fell then proceeded to pull a shot. This time, when I raise the lever, it does not stay there, but finds it way to the down position automatically.

Can anyone suggest what I may have done incorrectly during servicing, or not done but should have, so that I may return to previous expectations/habit?

My thanks


#2: Post by wkmok1 »

Do you hear the hiss of water when you lift the lever at the top of its travel?

I would suggest checking the orientation of the seals at the piston. The flare of the top seal should point up, while that of the lower seal should point down.

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#3: Post by ihor (original poster) »

Yes water emerges at lever top position.
Piston seals correctly placed.

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#4: Post by ihor (original poster) »

Lever now stays up, until I bring it down manually.
I reduced the bean weight from 16.5g to 15g.