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Sticking morse cable

Gearshift cable is getting harder to move by the day.. it's not all that old (~5 years I guess) and is otherwise in good nick.

What do you guys recommend to keep it from seizing up entirely??

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Re: Sticking morse cable

motorcycle cable lube.
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Re: Sticking morse cable

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motorcycle cable lube.
Or graphite?

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Re: Sticking morse cable

Like desert rat said:Go to a motorcycle store and get a cable lube kit. I have done it and it really does work. Another, and probably better solution: buy a new cable, no matter how old the existing one is.
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I'm sure the lube will get you through the short term. What you need to worry about is failure. That could be catastrophic for both life and property.

Motorcycles have an off button and brakes that work independently of their engine. I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that your boat does not have that feature.

Backing out of a marina 200 miles from home on a windy day is no time to get stuck in reverse (due to a broken cable) with the only option being to unintentionally ground yourself attempting to reach something to tie up to. Don't ask me how I know. One thing I was sure of is that the cable was just stiff, I lubed it and planned to replace it when I got home.

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Check to see where it's pinched.
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Re: Sticking morse cable

It probably just needs lubrication. Shot up into the cable. Something like WD-40, but with a cool marine name.

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Buy a new one and replace it.
Just in case a single strand has parted and is restricting the cables inner movement.

If after replacing it you get the time to inspect the old cable's inside cable and it seems ok then just grease it up and set it aside as a spare...
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another option would be to put cable in bucket, tie it in circle, and fill the bucket with marvel mystery oil to cover it completely and let it soak for 24 hours and see it looses ups. I hope this help, otherwise you might have to replace the albe.
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Replace it, they're inexpensive enough in comparison to what will happen and when it will happen
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