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Livewell Cable question?
« on: November 14, 2017, 09:40:10 AM »

One of my selector is an absolute pain in the :ass to turn. It's only a matter of time before it breaks. Does anyone have any "how too's" to help free the cable up? I don't want to dig into it, then for sure break the cable.

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Re: Livewell Cable question?
« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2017, 11:26:04 AM »

It helps to have a cable lube adapter and a can of cable lube.

The problems I've experienced have all been due to water and corrosion getting into the cable in the bilge area. You'll need to access the bilge area, find cables and valves, then remove the cable from the valve.

Option 1. Clean and lube the cable.

Check the valve to see if it opens and closes freely by hand. If it does, the only problem is in the cable and you can try soaking the end in a petroleum based solvent (kerosene, gallon WD-40, etc) and working the lever at the helm. The longer you work it the more crud you'll get loosened up and the better it will move. Once you're satisfied think you have the cable working well, remove the actuator lever at the helm, wrap a cloth around it to catch the excess lube, attach the cable lube adapter and start shooting some cable lube in. Check for the cable lube at the actuator. Once you have lube at the control end, you're done. Reassemble.

Option 2. Replace the cable.

Remove the actuator, use the old cable to pull a pull string to be used to pull the new cable or attach the new cable to the old cable and pull it through. Pull strings have worked better for me. I believe TH-Marine sells both the TH-Marine and FlowRite now. 
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Re: Livewell Cable question?
« Reply #2 on: November 14, 2017, 11:28:11 AM »

Brent since you are a mechanic you understand how it work. There are three places that can cause the binding. It could be the selector it's self, the cable or the valve.

Many times it's easy to pull the selector out of the dash or console. Once removed verify that it moves freely. If it does, use pliers and verify that the cable is still difficult to move. I've see the selector wear at the point the cable attaches and cause a bind.

If all that checks out you need to do the same at the valve. Hopefully the valve is easy to get to. I promise that it's always easier to remove the valve form the system versus trying to get the cable off the valve with it still attached. Save the heart ache and remove the valve. Once out verify it moves freely and then check the cable again for stiffness with the pliers.

Most times its the valve, debris gets in it, then you fight to cycle it and the debris becomes permanently jammed or causes nicks or burrs on the valve that continue to tighten things up.

As you know from your aircraft days it could very well be the cable. If it's the cable, get one of the super thin High Tech Lubricant/cleaning sprays and spray it into the cable several times and let it do it's magic.

If you don't want to tear into it, try the cable spray first.
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Re: Livewell Cable question?
« Reply #3 on: November 14, 2017, 12:19:53 PM »

Awesome, thanks for the replies. I was thinking that would be the jist of it. Sometimes I imagine things being easier to do than they really are, and wind up tearing into something that causes me a ton of heart ache so I had to ask. I may use your guys info, and make a YouTube video.

One bonus with my boat being an 04 Skeeter, is that it is super easy to get to all the cables and valves.

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Re: Livewell Cable question?
« Reply #4 on: November 14, 2017, 01:05:21 PM »

A video would be awesome !!!
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Re: Livewell Cable question?
« Reply #5 on: November 15, 2017, 09:58:28 AM »

1; Give it to Mike or Jim to fix!! lo lo ;)

They gave very good suggestions, when you're done set up a schedule to lube the cable and fittings during the season and it should never be an issue again.
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