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Posted: 10/15/19 08:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

At this time cable is still seized. Waiting for Cable life lubericant to arrive.

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If you can remove the handle from the cable, I have had success with this: purchase some clear plastic tubing (18") that will slice tightly over the end of the cable sheathing, or screw over the threads if there are threads. Tighten with a cable clamp. Wire tie the cable in a vertical position. Fill the tube with a light oil. Give it a couple of days. The oil should wick down between the cable and the sheath. If you can get the cable to move, work it back and forth carefully. It will be lubed for a long time.


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Posted: 10/16/19 08:39pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A 50/50 mix of ATF and acetone makes an excellent penetrating oil . Remember to hook up your slinky hose before trying the cable . [emoticon]


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Posted: 10/17/19 08:09am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm having a similar problem with the black valve on my 5th wheel... BUT... the trailer is 13 years old and so is the valve. And I've lived in it fulltime for 12 of those 13 years. This started earlier this year and is getting worse. I can still get it open but it's very difficult and I'm worried about breaking it.

I've torn into the underside of the trailer, and I can replace it, but just have to get around to DOING that. Until then, I love the ideas posted here about lubing the cable. I'm going to try those.


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The cable runs tthrough a metal sheath to mount it to the frame of the box. How will I get lube down the cable as the metal sheath runs most of the length of the cable. Mr Phelps how did you get lube inside to the cable?

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