Replacing Accelerator Cable

Discussion in ''How To' & 'Handy Hints'' started by Rev., Oct 27, 2008.

  1. Rev.

    Rev. Active Member

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    I have needed to change the accelerator cable for a while now and I finally got time today.

    You will need:

    A new accelerator cable (I got mine from Roy at www.thebusstop.com.au)

    10mm socket

    10mm spanner

    Set of Alan Keys

    Grease

    I Also Used

    A sandwich bag

    Some Kite String

    First things I did was remove the covering plate under the front of the car using the 10mm socket.

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    Next (moving to the engine) I loosened the 10mm nut that attached the accelerator cable to the carby linkage (using the 10mm spanner) and removed the springs.

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    In order to be able to pull the cable through you will also need to remove the bit that attaches to the carby linage from the end if the cable with the alan key.

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  2. Rev.

    Rev. Active Member

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    With the cable fully released from the carby linkage I pulled the cable through the fire wall from behind the engine (crawling in from behind the wheels). I was a little concerned about pushing the new cable through the tube so I decided to tie some string to the end of the cable before pulling it through. I have a collection of kites so I used one of my spare kite strings but I guess you could use fishing line or other heavy duty string.

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    The cable pulled through with the string attached without any problems.

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    I knew I had to lubricate the new cable and while Doc suggested graphite powder, the old cable was already covered in grease and the tube the cable goes through was full of it as well. So I decided to stick with the grease.

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    To lubricate the cable I decided to fill a sandwich bag with grease and pass the cable through the bag.

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  3. Rev.

    Rev. Active Member

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    With the cable passing through the bag of grease I tied the string I had pulled through to the end of the new cable. With the bag of grease and cable in my left hand I pulled on the string with my right and slowly pulled the new cable through.

    I couldn't hold the bag, pull on the string and take a picture at the same time but hopefully you will get the idea.

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    The newly greased cable pulled through without a problem and it was an easy task connecting everything back together again.

    I did lubricate the bit that connects the cable to the carby linkage

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    Don't forget to swap the rubber boot from the old cable to the new before you put everything back together, it's much easier. I learnt this the hard way :)

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    Put the covering plate back in place and your done. All up it took a little over an hour, should be quicker if your not stopping to take photos.

    Rev.
     
  4. emby

    emby Active Member

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    Rev, awesome tip on the string. Do you think it would work with heater cables? (It's one of them jobs I keep putting off, but know I have to do it sooner or later).

    I've got to ask too....what's that on the floor under the brake pedal?
     
  5. Rev.

    Rev. Active Member

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    Hmmmmmm - well I had to go and check. I tell you what - I'll send one to the first person who can guess what it is. There is a clue in emby's question.

    Rev.
     
  6. GypsyWannabe

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    A pair of boxer shorts? :lol:

    Baz
     
  7. Rev.

    Rev. Active Member

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    Nope - but I was wearing a pair when I replaced the cable :eek:

    This is what emby is talking about (I think)
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    Rev.
     
  8. Frankie

    Frankie New Member

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    My guess is..............

    The kite????????
    Great step by step guide, shame I hadn't seen this before booking Oskar in to the mechanic. Never mind someone has to keep his vw business running:)
     
  9. Rev.

    Rev. Active Member

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    Not the kite - but your guess contains another clue :p

    Rev.
     
  10. Frankie

    Frankie New Member

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    I am going to get this......

    Small child attached to kite? :eek:
    If I am right then you don't have to send me one:lol:
     
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  11. emby

    emby Active Member

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    I don't know what's harder Rev. Guessing what it is, or the cryptic clues :p
     
  12. Rev.

    Rev. Active Member

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    Another Clue

    Eminem has a lot in common with our mystery item ​

    Rev.
     
  13. emby

    emby Active Member

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    White Rapper?
     
  14. Rev.

    Rev. Active Member

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    Getting close

    Rev.
     
  15. emby

    emby Active Member

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    Shame you can't play charades on here.

    More clues required Rev
     
  16. Frankie

    Frankie New Member

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    Guessing

    Eminem=no musical ability. I've got it, you have one of the Australian idols in your van. Do us all a favour, catch them all and if one can help fix an accelerator cable, maybe the whole lot can restore my van.:lol:
     
  17. jon ward

    jon ward Active Member

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    The plastic bag? ie; white wrapper? kite string?
     
  18. GypsyWannabe

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    Oh! It's a piece of ignorant, foul mouthed, talentless, white trash. :lol:

    OK, seriously, a bandana?

    Baz
     
  19. jon ward

    jon ward Active Member

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    Off topic a bit here but dont get me wrong I dont endorse what Eminem does or believes in but if you were to read some of his lyrics(not all of his tracks), they actually tell a story of him crawling his way out of a typical white trash suburb with all good intentions of making a decent life for himself and his new bride and daughter.
    I could rant on but I wont hi-jack the Revs well planned thread.
     
  20. Rev.

    Rev. Active Member

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    Has everyone given up?

    Rev.
     

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