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atikovi

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Posted: 05/10/20 02:14pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On a 1988 Fleetwood Southwind. I removed the cable and can't get any movement from either end. The plastic cover looks fine. Trying to work some lube into the ends but not having any luck. Does anyone make a replacement cable?

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Check Amazon or take the old one to a car parts store. They should be able to find one that will work.
There are tons of hood release cables available.

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If that doesn't work try aftermarket. Lokar is a good brand!


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There are places where you basically take a tape measure to your cable and report the length. they get one at least that long (may be longer) you may also need a "Cable stop" type thing You then cut to length (With the thign pulled out Put the cable in place and push in the handle. then slip the stop over the cable and tighten the screw.. Instant universal cable. if all else fails. NAPA


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You can also put one end in the vacuum cleaner hose and it will pull lube thru it until you find one.

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I'm sure replacement cables are available. Figuring out exactly what one to get might be a bit more challenging, but I don't think it should be too hard to get something that works or can be modified to work. Amazon lists any number of hood release cable assemblies (and that was just the first place I checked).

Control cables, more generally speaking, are used in a great many devices and are hardly uncommon parts.





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If it is frozen can you thaw it out to make it work?


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Take it off and soak it in kerosene or diesel fuel for a couple of days. Flex it a number of times each day.


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After 20 minutes of prying on both ends I got the cable broke free from whatever had it seized. It's not smooth but works good enough to let it pass inspection before I sell it.

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atikovi wrote:

After 20 minutes of prying on both ends I got the cable broke free from whatever had it seized. It's not smooth but works good enough to let it pass inspection before I sell it.


Good to hear. Sometimes a little trans fluid will free up a seized cable. But glad it's working.

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