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Old 01-07-2015, 05:36 PM   #15
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AKJohn totally nailed it. Keep the moisture out #1, #2 use a good grease. Ask a parts store for speedometer cable grease (worked well for 100 years).

Although I've never had a problem, I've often thought that it would make sense to somehow lube the cable, especially at the front of the vehicle. Thanks for the tip of using speedometer cable grease, sounds like a good idea, can you tell me does the speedometer cable grease come with some kind of applicator? Or do you just pull the cable out as much as you can and apply the grease to the exposed cable?
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AKJohn totally nailed it. Keep the moisture out #1, #2 use a good grease. Ask a parts store for speedometer cable grease (worked well for 100 years).

Although I've never had a problem, I've often thought that it would make sense to somehow lube the cable, especially at the front of the vehicle. Thanks for the tip of using speedometer cable grease, sounds like a good idea, can you tell me does the speedometer cable grease come with some kind of applicator? Or do you just pull the cable out as much as you can and apply the grease to the exposed cable?
It has been probably 35 years since I had to use it. Having thought about the problem a little more, Goggle "motorcycle cable lube" there are devices and lubes popping up at several sources, under $10. When I did speedo cables I just pulled the cable out, smeared new lube on and replaced. If your cable can be pulled out that is the easiest way.
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Interesting. My Silverado has adjustable brake pedals, so the cable moves in and out as the wife and I adjust pedals. The swages are flush with the nylon nut when pedals are full rear, which is tow position. This blocks the hole so nothing gets in and I've towed in slush.

I would be very careful lubricating the cable. Lubricant will provide the glue to catch and keep dirt gumming up the works. The nylon lining should not need lubrication. There should be no slack so as to make the loop stand up with no droop. All the adjusting should be done with the cable that connects the loop to the actuating lever.
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Since I've never had a problem I think I'll just let it be for now. Talking about the grease collecting dirt makes sense. I wonder if the cable problem of the op was actually caused by something else such as the cable location being changed somehow causing the cable to bind in the conduit?
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I'm not understanding the bicycle boot idea. My white nylon nipple only sticks out maybe a 1/4" from the bumper and the cable loop sits right on top of the nipple. Do you cut the boot? Anyway, I'm with the guys on not using any sort of grease that might tend to attract dirt. If I had concerns, I would pull on the loop regularly to make sure it moves freely.
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Since I've never had a problem I think I'll just let it be for now. Talking about the grease collecting dirt makes sense. I wonder if the cable problem of the op was actually caused by something else such as the cable location being changed somehow causing the cable to bind in the conduit?

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