Thread: Lube the steering cable?
04-02-2013, 12:17 AM #1
Lube the steering cable?
So I pulled my fuel tank to inspect my pump and what not. Okay... I just like taking things apart. In order to get the tank out... I had to disassemble the steering assembly and reverse lever assembly and basically the whole front of the ski. Okay... maybe there was some origami way to thread the tank out... but I couldn't figure it out.
So I have all the cables disconnected and the ends accessible... so I figure I should lube'em. Throttle cable is easy... Reverse cable is easy... but the steering cable has some pretty tight seals over the slide rod on the end. It's not looking like I'm getting much of any oil past those seals... since I'm sure they're designed to keep out moisture. Any tricks? Can you pry that rubber seal back to get some lube in there? I was afraid I'd tear or ruin the seal.
04-02-2013, 08:15 AM #2
The rubber boots on the cables will come off. Then, if you slide a hose over the cable, and fill the hose with a penetrating oil, and move the cable back and forth, oil will be drawn into the inner cable, and lube it.
Edit; Do this on the higher, helm side of the cable, so oil goes down.
04-02-2013, 11:07 AM #3
I'll didn't want to force it and end up breaking something. I'll give it a go now with confidence!
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