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Frozen cable

Hi, new member here. Just used my st227 for the second time and the cable that controls the up and down movement of the chute is frozen solid. anyone with a solution? worried about putting cable lube down, have read somewhere that they are silicone lined and might be destroyed with lube. Is this possibly something warranty should take care of?
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Are you sure the cable is frozen and hot the hinge, on my neighbour 224 the hinge was frozen a small lift is all it took.

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They make special lube for motorcyle cables...... I would use that if it comes down to it.



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Maybe a hair dryer to get it thawed out.

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It's the cable freezing. Thawed it out, it worked till I went back outside with it for 10 minutes and froze up again. Wondering if a heavier duty cable and spring is available. Somehow moisture must be getting past the boot around the cable. Thought others would have this issue as it seems like a major flaw.
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It's a matter of getting it thawed and dried out and then getting something in there.

You can oil it. Get motorcycle spray cable lube or even use RV antifreeze, automotive if you're not worried about pets.

Here is some show and tell. https://www.google.com/search?q=lube...utf-8&oe=utf-8

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I would favor oil which would displace water, vs. antifreeze which would mix with water.

And I would not worry about using any kind of "normal" oil (motor oil etc.) on that cable. Most cable sheaths are lined with nylon which is fine being oiled.

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check this out

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Thanks for the responses. I thought it should be dried out too, and then add cable lubricant. After I'm done, I think I will put zip ties around the boot ends to see if that will keep further moisture intrusion at bay.
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First, i'd try to get the existing moisture out. Might try dry gas, but be carful and wear gloves. Go slow, and let it work it's way through. You will need to re-lube after.

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