Yeah....I'm cheap, I've done it. But that rust that's in there is just going
to float around. And WD 40 aint enough... have to use engine oil at the
I'd say it's a temporary fix that COULD cause trouble at the worst time.
When I was in the service business, I lubed all the brake cables &
bleeders with a "Castle" brand spray lubricant, as part of the LUBE,
Oil, & Filter service, as long as I was under the car anyway, and so if
the vehicle did come in later for service, it was easier to do some chores.
I've not heard of anyone doing anything like this anymore.
I've done it on a '75 Dodge cube van that I used to own. Had to get the brake
drums off, which required removing the axles on that truck. Lubing the cables
requires TWO people to do it right. One to sit inside and actuate it, on and
off, while you get under it and apply oil or grease. I used 85W140. That seems
to be the best compromise for what would do the job and still work it's way up
the sheath. Tell your helper that they'll be working that cable a hundred
times, or more, to get the oil way up in there.
Your cables are rusty now, forget lubing them. I just replaced my
F-150's for $20 a side. Easy and cheap.
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Mystery oil works well. Blow it in a bit with some air. If it's rusted real
bad junk the cable.
An old timer showed me how to gob waterproof grease on the entrances and
exits to the cables, keeps the junk out. Also keeps junk in so keep an eye
Works on bleeders as well.
For the benefit of the group, a good penetrating oil will do the trick
if you are in a hurry, like liquid wrench. Just get underneath the
vehicle and wet the cables down, apply the e-brake, release, apply,
etc., wet down once more, etc. until the cable(s) get unstuck. Did
this last year, no problems since.
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