Inner cables that stick to the outer cable: solution?

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Inner cables that stick to the outer cable: solution?

Dear reader,

Our coming project is a Webb AB1476 mower. The cable that controls the clutch for the roller seems to lag, i.e. the inner cable comes back very slow to the handle. This could be due to lack of lubrication of the inner cable or old grease,

Did anyone run into this and fixed it and how? Spray oil in them? WD40? Degrease first with breakcleaner?

I know replacing cables is a solution, but cables for the AB series are nog easy to come by and the exterior looks still pretty good.

Anyone?

 

Regards, Henno

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It all depends on the

It all depends on the construction of the cables. If they are of the older type Bowden cable with a plastic covered spiral wire wound outer and  a flexible inner, a light oil is fine. I use a gun oil that includes a PTFE additive.

However, if  the outer is either nylon lined or is just a hard plastic outer I would steer clear of any petroleum based lubricant as some will swell the nylon/plastic. I use a silicon based lubricant designed for window slides etc. Halfords do one.

Personally I’m no fan of WD 40, other than its original purpose - Water Dispersal. I don’t rate it as a lubricating, penetrating  or un-seizing medium.  Best thing about the product is their marketing hype! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hi Wristpin,

Hi Wristpin,

The cables are old. probably to the mowers origin, 1981 or 1982. How they are constructed can only be revealed when I have the cables of the machine.

I also found this article, which was pretty good: https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Lube-Control-Cables/

Regards, Henno

Regards, Henno

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Hmm, a bit OTT for a

Hmm, a bit OTT for a lawnmower !