Author Topic: Frozen E-brake cables  (Read 4235 times)

January 09, 2010, 10:14:02 am

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Frozen E-brake cables
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Reply #1January 12, 2010, 01:12:36 am

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Re: Frozen E-brake cables
« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2010, 01:12:36 am »
It's way cheaper and easier to clamp a piece of appropriately sized rubber fuel line to the end of the (brake/clutch/throttle) cable, add oil, and either let it drip through or add a little air (regulated) pressure. I've ressurected a couple cables (on a Caterpillar grader, for one) that I thought were goners. I always use this method when installing new cables on anything.
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Reply #2April 27, 2010, 12:27:53 pm

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« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2010, 12:27:53 pm »
I used to run an old 600 Prentice log loader that had about a dozen of these type of cables on it and they gave me a lot of trouble. Seemed every year I'd have to replace one or two of them. I tried just about every petroleum based lubricant you can get....grease, motor oil, WD-40, whatever. One day I was in the parts store and was asking one of the guys about this problem and he hooked me up with a little bottle of dry graphite lubricant. I just poured it in from both ends and shook it around and ran the cable through a bunch until it was well distributed. I started using that and it sure cut down on my cable problems. I think perhaps that since it's a dry lubricant it doesn't attract so much dirt and grit. Not saying it's the grand champion of all fixes, but it sure worked for me.
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Reply #3April 27, 2010, 10:36:53 pm

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Re: Frozen E-brake cables
« Reply #3 on: April 27, 2010, 10:36:53 pm »
One of the funniest tricks i've seen was for freeing up  past american style cables. The ones that are flat wire wound around the sliding cable , without any other sheathing or protection. Of course they would freeze up if not lubed. Get a car battery, some jumper cables and attach one jumper to an end of the cable and then the other at the other end, wait a few seconds until it gets red -NOT TOO RED ! While laughing  hose down with cold water. Soak it with ATF [or whatever] . Fun
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Reply #4April 28, 2010, 01:24:25 am

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Re: Frozen E-brake cables
« Reply #4 on: April 28, 2010, 01:24:25 am »
That IS an interesting fix. Wonder how they came up with that idea?
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Reply #5April 28, 2010, 12:49:41 pm

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Re: Frozen E-brake cables
« Reply #5 on: April 28, 2010, 12:49:41 pm »
my favorite is cut a chunk of intertube out and hose clamp it around the cable, then add oil of your choice and hang the cable.

getting a cable red hot and soaking it in ATF would be fun too tho!

Reply #6May 03, 2010, 12:15:10 pm

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Re: Frozen E-brake cables
« Reply #6 on: May 03, 2010, 12:15:10 pm »
That IS an interesting fix. Wonder how they came up with that idea?
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