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handbrake cable adjuster seized.......

PostPost by: Elanconvert » Tue Nov 12, 2013 8:41 am

having a bit of trouble....adjuster is rusted solid in engine mount :shock: alex had some good advice [thanks alex!]
flooded with wd40 and trying to 'work' it free, but I'm a bit scared of overdoing it and shearing it off.....I presume the use of heat in that area is a no ,no, due to proximity of fuel lines, etc..

so, anybody 'been there, done that'......?
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:05 am

I take it you have undone the locking nut?

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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Tue Nov 12, 2013 11:24 am

hi john
that's seized as well!!!!
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PostPost by: RogerFrench » Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:47 pm

WD40 isn't much good as a release agent. Plus Gas is much better - can you still get it in UK?

Otherwise a 50-50 mix of Acetone and Auto transmission fluid, shake well, and apply in a spray bottle.
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PostPost by: jono » Tue Nov 12, 2013 1:59 pm

get a big copper head soldering iron, heat up and apply?

No muffle stove? - use the gas hob while the missus is watching Strictly
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Tue Nov 12, 2013 2:45 pm

thanks guys.....only just heard of plus gas, but have now ordered some from ebay.....
fingers crossed....
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just had a thought about getting some heat in.......how about some caustic soda wrapped in some cloth around the
threads, and a few drops of water......??????
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Tue Nov 12, 2013 3:21 pm

Soak it in cola. Perhaps wrap in a rag soaked in Coke. Always great for removing rust (much better than drinking the stuff!!!) 8)
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Tue Nov 12, 2013 4:01 pm

yeah......coke could work but maybe not so good at penetration......[no innuendo intended.... :lol: ]
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PostPost by: ecamiel » Wed Nov 13, 2013 1:36 pm

try PB Blaster penetrating oil. The best. It really works.
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PostPost by: RogerFrench » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:22 pm

ecamiel wrote:try PB Blaster penetrating oil. The best. It really works.
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Thu Nov 14, 2013 1:53 pm

correct!
however, I think you CAN get some sent from USA, at a price.......
will give plusgas a try, if no luck might fork out for pb blaster ..!
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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:05 pm

This is interesting:

"The April/May 2007 edition of Machinist's Workshop did a test of
penetrating oils where they measured the force required to loosen
rusty test devices. Buy the issue if you want to see how they did the
test. The results reported were interesting. The lower the number of
pounds the better. Mighty interesting results for simple acetone and
tranny fluid!

Penetrating oil . Average load .. Price per fluid ounce
None ................. 516 pounds .
WD-40 .............. 238 pounds .. $0.25
PB Blaster ......... 214 pounds .. $0.35
Liquid Wrench ... 127 pounds .. $0.21
Kano Kroil ........ 106 pounds .. $0.75
ATF-Acetone mix.. 53 pounds .. $0.10

The ATF-Acetone mix was a 50/50 mix (1 to 1 ratio)."
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PostPost by: Elanconvert » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:57 pm

got to agree......that IS interesting!
I will definitely give it a try and report back!
thanks for taking the time to do the research!
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PostPost by: john.p.clegg » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:30 am

Was just about to order some acetone when I suddenly realised that is/was used for removing nail varnish/polish and if i remember rightly reacts with plastics/rubber....not wanting to spray it where it may damage flexible brake pipes,trunion bushes,fibreglass,ball-joint covers etc etc

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PostPost by: Galwaylotus » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:22 am

Very good point and a good word of caution. As in many things in life it's horses for courses so indiscriminate use could court disaster. It could still be useful as long as it's kept away from certain materials. I guess it wouldn't be prudent to store it in an old plastic bottle!! :lol:
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