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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-09-2019, 18:58 Thread Starter
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Bonnet release cable finally totally seized.

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After years of the cable being stiff despite attempts at lubrication; it has finally seized.
I have removed it following quite a bit of dash board dismantling. So far to my surprise, I have not managed to move it despite a drip feed of releasing fluid and substantial flexing manipulation along its length.

It looks as if a new cable is needed. I have put out a few feelers out but no response so far and I have searched the Fiat Parts Catalogue but failed to find the part.

Has anyone else been down this road?

Any advice as to where I can buy a replacement cable will be gratefully received.
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I would try a decent cycle repair shop as itís basically a bike brake cable! Take as much as your old one as you can as a pattern.
A decent shop should be able to sort something out for you at minimal cost. If that doesnít prove productive try a boat chandlers, boats have LOTS of cables!


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Thanks for the response.

The Fiat spare is no longer available.
I found a very good supplier of Bowden cable bits:
Have ordered inner, outer a a few end bits and I'm optimistic that I can fix it, cost about £23.
I took the precaution of pulling a messenger cable through the bulkhead as I withdrew the old one from the interior so hopefully the new cable will pull through easily.
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The best way to lubricate them on motorbikes (many years ago) was using a pressurised device - the cable + outer was sealed into the lower end of a small cylinder with a rubber grommet to seal, oil was then put in the cylinder, the lid screwed on and pressure was applied using a bike or foot pump, not much was needed and oil was forced through.

I have not seen one in years, but will have a look....

They are available on Amazon and EBay the best one is around £17.50 although others are available from around a fiver..

I put in "bike cable oiler" and got several suggestions. The "Mad4Bikes" Professional one looks very similar to what I described.

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