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Saving control cables.

It is often possible to resurrect frozen or binding control cables (brakes, clutch, carb etc.) by the following method; Remove the cable from the bike. Make sure the plastic sheathing is intact. If it is not, tape up those areas that are not, with electrical tape. Find a bit of shop rag or some foam rubber and wind it around the outer housing near one end so as to make a seal of a diameter that will allow you to insert this end into the nozzle of the hose of a shop vacuum. What you are doing is making the sheath of the cable into an extension of the shop vac's hose. Immerse the other end of the sheath into (preferably) a non flammable penetrating fluid. I prefer Tri-Flow. The fluid will be drawn up between the cable and sheath. This may take a while. But 9 time out of 10, with a bit of twisting and pushing and pulling of the cable, they will free up. Keep it up until there is no more improvement. If I use WD40 for this trick, I do this outside with the vac's top clamps loose so if it goes WOOF, nobody gets hurt. In 30 years though, there's not been a WOOF. The interior of the vac hose will have some amount of the fluid in it, you may want to wash it out, but I never have. Works on auto emergency brake cables as well.

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If Disc brakes jack up wheels , make sure the cable is not binding or frozen , pull hand leaver on three clicks, adjust cable till brakes just start to bind, release hand brake and check the wheels are free to turn. Drum brake check cables are free, back off cable till slack, check lining to drum adjusters are free and adjust if need be, pull hand brake on three clicks, adjust cable so brakes just start to bind release hand brake and make sure the wheels are free to turn ,

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Throttle system, as well as other controls require periodic service.
Lubing your throttle with WD40 or similar silicone spray, at the handle, and working some down the cable, and moving parts at the carb. Follow the cable, twist the grip to see what all moves at the carb and spray it up. If it still binds by all means removes and service or replace the cable. It's a dangerous problem.
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The problem can be several things including the clutch cable, throw out bearing, or just a lack of lubrication.

I would start by checking the clutch cable. I attached a diagram along with the adjustment procedure for your reference.

Remove the cable from the clutch form and with someone inside the car and someone at the transmission end of the cable gently push down on the clutch pedal by hand. While this is being done the person holding the cable should feel for any binding or listen for any squeaking. If it is binding or noisy I recommend replacement rather than lubricating it as most likely the cable is already damaged and it is not worth getting stuck for an inexpensive part. If you do want to try and lubricate it you can get good cable lube at any motorcycle shop.

If the cable appears good gently move the clutch form back and forth to feel for any binding or to see if you hear your noise. If you do it will require removal of the transmission for further diagnosis.

When you reinstall the cable follow the adjustment procedure I attached to this string.


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