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I've got a throttle cable that just locked solid out of nowhere. It was working fine, no signs of binding or sticking, but then the next time I went out I couldn't twist the throttle at all. I pulled the cable off and tried to lube it, but still nothing. I get maybe 1/8" of free play from either end; there aren't any crimps in the housing and I've gone through the housing and bent it back and forth from end to end to see if I could feel anything, but I can't find any obvious reason. Is there anything I can do, short of just pulling on it until it either gives way or breaks? I've already pulled about as hard as I'm comfortable with.
 

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One or more of the wire strands have probably broken embedding itself in the casing. New cable is the only solution.
 

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This reminds me of what a boat mechanic said that people said their motor was running great. Only it wasn't they just got use to it.
 

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Stock handlebars and cables? Replace 'em with Barnett's. Teflon lined for those who don't like to lube them.

Check how it's routed. I've seen some outer jackets crushed between the fork/frame stops.
 

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Stock handlebars and cables? Replace 'em with Barnett's. Teflon lined for those who don't like to lube them.

Check how it's routed. I've seen some outer jackets crushed between the fork/frame stops.
See now if someone has a piss poor memory like I have it is easy enough to take pictures with the phone for reference. Back in the dark ages I use to draw the diagram or what wires went where.

I use Barnett and they are great. Made for the simple minded.
 

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The funny ("funny") thing is that it's actually a Barnett cable. I sent them a message through their website and never heard anything back. :mad: :mad: :mad:
 

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I still haven't gotten a new cable, but I talked to Barnett today and was told something interesting. He said that it doesn't happen often, but they've seen electrical shorts go through the cable and melt the lining inside the wire, freezing it solid. I don't know for sure that's what happened, but I do remember knocking a connector out of a plug around the time the cable got stuck. Anyway, I thought it was interesting, and may be helpful to someone in the future.
 

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I still haven't gotten a new cable, but I talked to Barnett today and was told something interesting. He said that it doesn't happen often, but they've seen electrical shorts go through the cable and melt the lining inside the wire, freezing it solid. I don't know for sure that's what happened, but I do remember knocking a connector out of a plug around the time the cable got stuck. Anyway, I thought it was interesting, and may be helpful to someone in the future.
Have you opened your cable to see exactly what went wrong? That would be interesting to see if an electrical short actually could cause the problem.
 

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Disconnect the battery. If somethings electrical is using the cable for a ground, it should stop and the cable will move freely.
 

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Disconnect the battery. If somethings electrical is using the cable for a ground, it should stop and the cable will move freely.
Not necessarily. If the current heated the cable and melted the lining, removing current will only stop additional damage, it won't free anything up.

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To reiterate/clarify for a couple of folks, the cable is completely off the bike and I get maybe 1/8", at most, of movement of the cable in the housing. I threw in the towel and ordered a new cable, I'll likely cut the old one open and see what I can see (if I can, it's braided stainless). I'll followup with anything that I find.
 

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To reiterate/clarify for a couple of folks, the cable is completely off the bike and I get maybe 1/8", at most, of movement of the cable in the housing. I threw in the towel and ordered a new cable, I'll likely cut the old one open and see what I can see (if I can, it's braided stainless). I'll followup with anything that I find.
Sorry, didn't realize the "still nothing" meant while the cable was off. I envisioned that you removed it, lubed it, re-installed it and still had the problem.
 
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