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Replacing shifter cable housing?

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Asked by: Kimberly Fisher

Should I replace shifter cable housing?

Housing most commonly needs replacement when the lubrication in the liner has washed or otherwise worn away, or if contaminants have worked their way inside. Either of these is difficult to see, but will affect the movement of the cable within the housing.

How do I replace shift cable housing?


Quote from video: Use a pick or awl to open the liner. Up. Now install a ferrule on both ends. Push the cable into. Place note that some shifters do not require.

When should I replace my gear cable housing?

Quote from video: Until it just jumps to the next larger cassette ring and then turned out about oh maybe an eighth to a quarter of a turn let's see what looks. Looks good for now.

Can I use brake housing for shifter cables?

It’s really not recommended. Brake cable housings have a coiled metal spiral embedded in them, while compressionless shift cables have a series of tiny round wires running parallel along the length of housing. If you were to use brake cable housings on shift cables the result can be very poor shifting.

How long does it take to replace a shifter cable?

The time it takes to replace a shift cable will vary across car make and model. On average, the shifter cable takes 1.5-2 hours to install. If the whole cable does not need to be replaced, other repairs on the same part may take less time to complete.

Can I reuse cable housing?

Cable housings (when damaged) always show signs of wear, rust, or fray, if it isn’t the case with yours, then reuse them. To be sure it is reusable, slide a new cable into the cable housing, if it goes in easily and smoothly, then you can reuse it.

Is there a difference between brake cable and shifter cable?

Gear cables are wound through particularly tight curves within the shifters too, which means there’s a lot of potential for wear. Brake cables normally have an easier time of it because their runs are straighter, but there’s much more force travelling through them.

Are all shifter cables the same?

No, all shifter cables are not the same. If after inspecting your shifter cables, you discover they are frayed, bent, or rusted and need to be changed, you can’t just buy any shifter cable you see out there. Different bikes have different shifters, which determines the type of shifter cables to be used on them.

How do you fix a shifter cable?

Quote from video: Off once you have the cover off you may need a pick or small screwdriver to coax the head out of its retainer. Pull the cable from the shifter. Install the new cable. And pull on it firmly to seat.

How much does it cost to get a shifter cable replaced?

On average, it will cost approximately $300 to replace a gear shifter cable. The typical price range is between $200 to $600, though some car brands might be more expensive to repair. You can tighten and service a loose shifter cable for approximately $100.

How can I tell if my shifter cable is broken?

If the shift cable breaks, your shifter handle won’t return to its neutral position on its own. If the horizontal cable breaks, you won’t be able to shift. If the vertical cable breaks, you will only be able to shift to third or fourth gear.

How much does it cost to replace a selector cable?

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How often should you replace bike brake cables?

Keep in mind that even quality cables can fail if they were installed poorly. But if you have quality cables installed correctly, they ought to hold up fine for at least three years in my estimation. If you ride in extreme weather or crash a lot, you could need new ones much sooner, of course.

When should you change road bike cables?

Quote from video: So perhaps it's becomes damaged in some way but generally you'll find that if your gear shifting is becoming heavy you need to replace both to do the job the only specialist.

How do you change a shifter cable on a road bike?

How to replace road bike shifter cables

  1. Step 1: Prep the bike and cut the old cables. …
  2. Step 2: Strip the outer and eject the inner. …
  3. Step 3: Measure up and cut. …
  4. Fit the new inner cable. …
  5. Step 5: Slide the outer cabling into place. …
  6. Step 6: Attach to the derailleur and tension. …
  7. Step 7: Dial it all in.


How do you put a gear cable on a bike?

Quote from video: So just knock it down to your highest gear. And then give that cable bit of a push. And a tip pop. So just slide the old one if–. And it's just reverse that procedure to put the new one in.

How do I install a new shifter cable?

Quote from video: Most cable sets will come with these housing ends. You'll need to put one of these on the cable first feed the cable into the housing. And then fit everything together.

How much does it cost to replace a shifter cable?

On average, it will cost approximately $300 to replace a gear shifter cable. The typical price range is between $200 to $600, though some car brands might be more expensive to repair. You can tighten and service a loose shifter cable for approximately $100.