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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: The land that Time forgot
The problem is the rubber grommet on the caliper end of the cable. They perish and let water into the cable. The cables run from the caliper, under the swing-arm pivots so point "downhill".. The water getting inside the cable collects at this low spot and then freezes. It doesn't do any other harm because the cable is plastic coated and the sheath is also plastic.
Anyway, remove the handbrake cables from the calipers and let them dangle downwards for an hour or two. This allows the water to run out of the cable. Squirt a load of WD40 into the cable with the red straw doodah.. so it drives out the water. Work the inner cable in and out to allow it to penetrate at least to the "low" point, since that's where all the water sits.
When it's well slippery and WD'd... get some LM grease and pack it into the ends of the cable.. working it in as far as you can.
When you're done, reconnect the cables to the calipers and stuff more grease on the end of the cable for good measure, to seal the ends. All that grease in there will stop any more water getting in and so job done for the next couple of years.
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