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Stop cable

I'm wanting to relocate the existing stop cable off of the plywood hatch and a bit further forward, but can't for the life of me work out how to get the black 'T'-handle off without breaking it.



How are these things fitted? Is there a trick to taking one apart?

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Re: Stop cable

Pretty sure its threaded onto a fitting on the end of the cable. Try soaking it in PB Blaster or something similar for several days. Vicegrips on the cable fitting and a wrench on the handle "should" break it free. Good luck.
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Re: Stop cable

This looks like a Teleflex cable so there should be a small locknut behind the T handle. Use a 5/16" wrench and undo this locknut and then the handle should unscrew with ease.

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Re: Stop cable

Not sure about PB Blaster, but I got some Locktite on a plastic fitting which dissolved the plastic threads. You may want to put some on a non-working surface of the handle to see if it dissolves the plastic.

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This looks like a Teleflex cable so there should be a small locknut behind the T handle. Use a 5/16" wrench and undo this locknut and then the handle should unscrew with ease.
It makes sense that it'd be a threaded fitting and there is indeed a locknut which is easily undone, but when I go to 'unscrew' the handle I'm only twisting the internal cable.

So it should just unscrew?? I can't see any set screws or any other tricks.. that's why I'm asking. I was worried that it might have some fancy molded end and the last thing I want to do is break the handle. I'll try some WD-40 and have another go..

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It makes sense that it'd be a threaded fitting and there is indeed a locknut which is easily undone, but when I go to 'unscrew' the handle I'm only twisting the internal cable.
As I suggested in my first post, try holding the cable with Vicegrips. That should allow you to apply enough torque to the handle to unscrew it.
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Re: Stop cable

If no joy in taking the handle off. Disconnect at engine and pull it all thru. Re/ree the outer and push it back thru.
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As I suggested in my first post, try holding the cable with Vicegrips. That should allow you to apply enough torque to the handle to unscrew it.
After buying a pair of vice-grips (the one tool I didn't have but knew I would need eventually) I finally got around to having another crack at this.. seems it just needed that extra bit of encouragement:




All good. Job done. Thanks for your patience.
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Good news! Glad my suggestion worked for you.
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Re: Stop cable

You didn't have Vice-Grips?

Next, you'll tell us that you don't have Duct-tape on board.

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