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    Arrow What is inside a Polaris Virage steering cable?

    I am trying to inject grease into one end of the steering cable in my 2002 Virage TXi (part number 7080723). For some reason the pressurized grease is simply not flowing, or moving so slowly I cannot tell.

    I do not have a failed steering cable here to cut apart and analyze, so I don't actually know how the cable is configured inside.

    Question: Is there some sort of grease/water seal within the cable end(s) that would prevent me from injecting additional lubricant?

    I have a grease gun connected via a stubby hose (and gear clamps) to the helm end of the steering cable sleeve. I pumped grease in until the hose was moderately pressurized and I expected that eventually grease would appear at the other end of the steering cable, perhaps pushing some water out ahead of the grease flow. This does not seem to be happening.

    Any insight appreciated.

    I have removed the cover and guide tube (13 and 14 in diagram) so the grease is going directly into the end of the stiff sleeve, right above locknut 10.

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    I gave up trying to inject any more grease into this cable. No idea how much grease actually got into the core area.

    This steering cable was not particularly stiff or difficult to steer with, just seemed like injecting some additional lubricant after twelve years would be a good thing.

    Other than length, I expect the steering cables for other models are made the same way.

    If someone does crack one open or knows what is inside, please post the information here.

    Thanks.

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    Take a length of hose that will fit over the cable sheath and still long enough to allow the cable to move its full stroke inside the hose. Clamp to the cable. Fill the hose with wd40 or Amsoil m&p. attach barbed fitting to other end and attach air gun to it. Slowly add pressure and work the cable back and forth. Eventually some nasty stuff will be shot out of the other end of the cable. Repeat until the discharge is clean. Now fill the hose with cable lube and repeat. Reassemble and marvel at the silky smoothness.

    This is a very messy operation but has saved many cables for me over the years. Works on any cable. Grease will never work it's way in between the solid stainless core and the sheath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addicted View Post
    Take a length of hose that will fit over the cable sheath and still long enough to allow the cable to move its full stroke inside the hose. Clamp to the cable. Fill the hose with wd40 or Amsoil m&p. attach barbed fitting to other end and attach air gun to it. Slowly add pressure and work the cable back and forth. Eventually some nasty stuff will be shot out of the other end of the cable. Repeat until the discharge is clean.

    Now fill the hose with cable lube and repeat. Reassemble and marvel at the silky smoothness.

    This is a very messy operation but has saved many cables for me over the years. Works on any cable. Grease will never work it's way in between the solid stainless core and the sheath.
    In my case the cable was and is operating fairly smoothly. I just wanted to keep it that way and perhaps reduce the friction.

    What is Amsoil m&p ?

    Is there a recommended cable lube?

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    Mp is amsoils version of wd40. Works better and doesn't smell as bad.

    I get cable lube at a local marine supply place. I think it's Yamaha lubezall. Most marine oem's make a cable lube that will work.

    The wd40 or mp is only to flush out the old lube. Marine cable lube has a higher level of corrosion inhibitors and water resistance.

    To answer your original question, the actual cable inside is a solid stainless wire. Usually 3mm or so in diameter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by addicted View Post
    Mp is amsoils version of wd40. Works better and doesn't smell as bad.

    I get cable lube at a local marine supply place. I think it's Yamaha lubezall. Most marine oem's make a cable lube that will work.

    The wd40 or mp is only to flush out the old lube. Marine cable lube has a higher level of corrosion inhibitors and water resistance.

    To answer your original question, the actual cable inside is a solid stainless wire. Usually 3mm or so in diameter.
    So no seals at either end, just minimal clearance between the sheath wall and the cable itself?

    Yamaha Lubezall seems to be sold in an aerosol spray can (ACC-LUBZA-LL-00). Is it also sold as a liquid?
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    Amsoil MP Metal Protector also seems to be spray can only
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    This is the inside of an MSX cable it's ss spiral wrap with a UHMW cover Click image for larger version. 

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    The center is a wire cable. Click image for larger version. 

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    It's been quite a few years since I had or worked on a Polaris but the principals are all the same

    Yes all lubes are aerosol.

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