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Old 05-29-2003, 12:32 PM
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can a floor shifter, shifter cable be greased up? mine is pretty rough

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Old 05-29-2003, 04:16 PM
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I have tried to lubricate them with WD40 and the like. Usually can't get much inside the housing. Can't hurt to try.
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Old 05-30-2003, 04:19 PM
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don't use WD40 as a lubricant. i find the only thing it is good for is cleaning and protecting bare metal. you should use a good penetrating oil. LPS makes some good products that provide good lubrication with good penetration. the stuff also hangs on to whatever you spray it on. and the LPS cans have a special valve so you can hold the can upside down and it will spray without losing all the propellant in the can.

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I don't know what LPS is, but have used WD-40 for years for many things other than cleaning and protecting bare metal. Maybe it just don't owrk on Mopars!
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From my experience, WD40 always seems to "dry up" after a while, requiring repeated applications. I used white lithium grease on my shifter cable -- but I'm talking about the cable that operates my shift indicator.

What about examining the cable for kinks? Or putting a new, teflon coated cable in?

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Get some TriFlow teflon lube. We use it on the wire feeds for the MIG welders at work and the local bike shop told me it is the only stuff to use on the shift and brake cables on my bicycles. We use spray cans at work and the bike shops carry it in a squeeze bottle. Seems to work really well and it lasts.
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hey do you know there are 1,000,001 uses for wd40?
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WD40 gums up after a while too. I almost shot myself in the foot one time because of this. Tri-Flow is good. If you can't find it, try Break-Free CLP. It's pretty close to the same thing. Get it at a gun store or sometimes WalMart has some.
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Tri-Flow is great stuff if you can get it in the cable. If you have a go-kart shop(racing karts) or cycle shop, they would likely have it. It is great for lubricating, but I haven't had much luck using it to loosen things up. Also many times the problem with shifter cables is that they get burrs inside the housings. Sometimes this is from someone leaving a ground wire off when installing a stereo.
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Yeah shifter cables don't make good ground wires.
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