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post #1 of 5 Old 11-16-2007, 12:01 PM Thread Starter
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Control Cable Maintenance Tip

This isn't just snow equipment related, it applies to anything that uses the wireand casing type control cables. It is pretty common to have these things freeze or rust to the point that they are impossible to move and just about impossible to lubricate.

I ran across a real good procedure to both flush them out and lubricate them. Thought it worth sharing.

You need a short piece of fuel line tubing that is a close fit casing of the cable, maybe even a hose clamp that will help hold it in place. A supply of your favorite snake oil, and compressed air, and a blow gun with a tapered snout. I use WD-40 to flush them out and Lock Ease, a graphited lock lubricant to lube them.

Remove one end of the cable assembly from whatever it is used on. If there is a rubber seal on the end of the cable remove that as well. Slip the fuel line over the end of the cable and about an inch up on the casing. I find a hose clamp helps hold it in place when you apply the air and see-through line helps tell how much jizz you are putting in. Put the end of the blowgun in the end of the hose and blast some air through the cable assembly. Pour or spray some WD-40 into the tubing and blow that through, letting enough air run so that it clears the casing out again. Follow that with a liberal shot of Lock Ease and enough air to push fluid out the other end of the casing. Don't try to blow it dry this time, the solvent in the Lock Ease will evaporate eventually, leaving a graphite coating inside the casing.

Choke cable on the $nowball tractor was freezing up last winter. It sits almost vertically on the dash and, since it is outside a lot during the summer, it collects water. I got it started and let it idle a while so the engien would heat up, then shut it off and let the heat under the hood do it's thing. Once the cable was free I gave it the treatment and VOILA! Still working free after almost a year.

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Thanks for the tip Alan. Have you used to lube the cables.
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Thanks for the tip Alan. Have you used to lube the cables.

No,, I'm not sure it would blow through the line and not get real gummy in the cold. I want something dry in there.

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the cable that runs my shute deflector on my HS724 honda always get water in the low spot. I've broken a few cables, so I used compressd air and got all the water out then dripped chain saw bar oil in until it came out the other side, bean thouble free for 2 years now. git-er-done.
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the cable that runs my shute deflector on my HS724 honda always get water in the low spot.
Same problem is for me. want to fix it, but facing problem.
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