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#1 New.Canadian.DB.Owner OFFLINE  

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Posted October 11, 2013 - 08:31 PM

At least that's what I call them.  Anybody know a good way to repair these things?  I run into throttle cables with broken outer jackets (but good wire inners) all the time & it bugs me to throw out an otherwise perfectly serviceable cable.  The fancy ends drive the price way up.

 

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Posted October 11, 2013 - 08:47 PM

I've thought about jb weld and heat shrink. Haven't been in the "had to" place yet.
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Posted October 11, 2013 - 09:04 PM

  I guess it cut into the co's bottom line too much to keep using the old spiral wire type housing and if the new style gets left out in the rain too long it still rusts and seizes just like the old ones did.

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Posted October 11, 2013 - 09:14 PM

Maybe try a plastic welder, but use some low heat so you don't melt the cable housing.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 05:43 AM

You can get heat shrink with adhesive on the inside. That adhesive is pretty strong and may do the job. I'm not sure how it would hold up to oil and gas, but it may be worth a try. 


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 06:16 AM

I can still get just the casing in rolls, as well as the inner wire in rolls, if you want it. 

 

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Posted October 12, 2013 - 11:26 AM

You can get heat shrink with adhesive on the inside. That adhesive is pretty strong and may do the job. I'm not sure how it would hold up to oil and gas, but it may be worth a try. 

 

Could put a coat of Silicone over the patch to help protect it.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 11:47 AM

I have wanted to try liquid electrical tape, but haven't had the chance to yet.
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Posted October 12, 2013 - 12:26 PM

Measure your space that is between the break. Go to the engine end of your housing & cut that same length of housing only off of the end. Force those pieces tight against each other & reattach the cable. I would then silicone that to keep moisture out & maybe tape around it. The main thing is to get rid of the slack in the housing & keeping the two ends tightly together.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 06:49 PM

Well, I tried a combination of your suggestions & added a little hair spray (yes, hair spray) and I seem to have a fix.  

 

I cut the Z bend off the engine end of the cable & pulled the lower half of the cable jacket off.  

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I then cut about 1/2" off the lower half.  I cut about 3" of plastic tubing I had left over from installing a dishwasher (I think).  

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Then I cleaned the upper, lower & tube with methyl hydrate.  Next, I put the tube over the inner wire until it was close to the upper half.  I then hair sprayed the upper cable & shoved the tube up as far as it would go.  I then trimmed the tube so I had about the same amount below the break as above the break.  

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Hair sprayed the lower half and shoved quickly (it dries fast).  The hair spray is slick as snot while it is wet and sticky when dry.  (My motorcycle friend gave me that tip for putting grips on handlebars.)  I then reinstalled the cable & remade the Z bend.  Works fine ... so far.

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Posted October 12, 2013 - 07:23 PM

Hair spray is one useful item except for its intended purpose.  Ever since I learned that I could use it to power a potato cannon with explosive results, I have been unable to apply it to my hair.  I've been worried about walking somewhere near, say, a cigarette smoker, and boom!  Ben is up in smoke!

 

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Posted October 12, 2013 - 08:16 PM

Looks like a nice fix and cheap too!  Thanks for the info.


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Posted October 12, 2013 - 09:43 PM

Nice job glad it worked for you.

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Posted October 12, 2013 - 10:07 PM

Looks like vinyl tubing from a fridge ice maker supply line kit.

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Posted October 12, 2013 - 10:28 PM

You made that look easy. Neat way to repurpose a leftover.






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