How To Lubricate Cables And Maybe Prevent The Cables From Freezing

  • By George
  • February 23, 2016
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Liquid Wrench Silicone Spray

Liquid Wrench Silicone Spray

Condensation can cause water to form inside cables, and if the temperature falls below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, the water will turn to ice and freeze the cable to the cable housing. This locks the cable and prevents it from working. I have experienced this problem with cables on outdoor power equipment and motorcycles.

I don’t think there is a way to prevent condensation from occurring and water forming in the cable, but maybe there is a way to coat the cable and prevent the ice from sticking to the cable and cable housing. Also, its unrealistic to expect the coating to last forever, so the solution will become a part of your vehicle or equipment yearly maintenance.  I decided to try Liquid Wrench Silicone Spray. Silicone Spray provide a coating that repels water. I have heard stories of people spraying their snow shovels with Silicone Spray, which prevented snow from sticking to the shovel, so it should prevent the ice that forms inside the cable housing from sticking to the cable. Also, the Silicone Spray is really slick, so there should be an improvement in cable operation.

Here is the procedure I used to apply the Silicone Spray:

  1. Remove the cable or disconnect the cable ends so that one end of the cable is higher than the other. I have also found that the straighter the cable is seems to help the Silicone Spray flow through the cable.
  2. Get a Cable Lube Tool. You can find these online. They are popular tools used in the Motorcycle Industry for lubing brake, clutch and throttle cables.
  3. Attach the Cable Lube Tool to the the end of the cable and inject the Silicone Spray into the cable using the red tube that comes with your can of Silicone Spray. Inject the Silicone Spray in short bursts until you see the lube coming out of the other end of the cable. Its not uncommon to see water forced out of the cable, and its not uncommon for the Cable Lube Tool to leak a little from back pressure as your injecting the fluid into the cable.

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Cable Lube Tool Attached To Cable And Silicone Spray

Cable Lube Tool Attached To Cable And Silicone Spray

Cable Lube Tool Attached To Cable

Cable Lube Tool Attached To Cable End For Lubrication.

Cable Lube Tool Closed End

Cable Lube Tool Closed End With Slit For Cable

Cable Lube Tool Open End

Cable Lube Tool Open End

Cable Lube Tool Side

Cable Lube Tool Side

Silicone Spray Can Attached To Cable Lube Tool

Silicone Spray Can Attached To Cable Lube Tool

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