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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    P.S.: And don't tell the CVT crowd about this. It'll be used against us Manual owners.
    See, this is why you should've bought a CVT, Manuals are just adding extra work to your life! J/K


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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    Pictures?

    P.S.: And don't tell the CVT crowd about this. It'll be used against us Manual owners.
    Well, here it is. Actually, it looks like the cable broke off about 1/8" inside the clevis. So I am not sure any kind of inspection would be helpful. The cable would probably look fine until right before it failed. Kinda scary.




    I mentioned this failure to my ex-girlfriend, who drives a '14 DE. Her car has about 110,000 miles. She asked if there were any kind of warning signs before the cable let go. "Nope, it just broke."

    Apparently, I made her paranoid enough about it that she is just going to replace her clutch cable as preventative maintenance. I have several other cars to drive until my new clutch cable arrives (FROM FLORIDA!). She doesn't, and decided she doesn't want to risk being stranded over this.

    Honestly, if your car is driven in-town a lot and has around 100,000 miles I can't say that preemptive replacement is a bad idea. When they fail, they just FAIL. Part is about $80 online, and with the help of this thread replacement should be easy for any reasonably handy person. Wish I had replaced mine last week!

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    That's a weird place to break. Any thoughts on why there? What does the cable end look like - it is frayed? I can't tell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eggman View Post
    That's a weird place to break. Any thoughts on why there? What does the cable end look like - it is frayed? I can't tell.
    It is a weird place for it to break.

    No, it didn't look frayed at all. But the individual strands of wire at the break were somewhat uneven. It looked like the cable had just popped out of the end of the clevis. If you put the end of the cable back into the clevis it looks just fine. The break was internal, where I assume the clevis was cast around the end of the cable? I guess that would be the weakest point. Simple metal fatigue is all it was. This cable would have been tensioned and released tens of thousands of times, as my car is driven 100% in-town and door-to-door.

    It looks just like Mitsumi's failed cable. It has been my experience that most clutch cables will fail at a bend somewhere, as that is where the steel inner cable will wear through to the metal outer sheathing, fray, and eventually snap under tension.

    This one seems to fail in a much more sinister way...

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    Is THIS the right part?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Top_Fuel View Post
    Is THIS the right part?

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    Yep. That's the one. Was around $72 with shipping to my door.

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    I wonder if the fitting on the end of the cable was sticking a bit, and if keeping it lubed would prolong cable life. It's designed to swivel in the end of the clutch arm, so the cable pull stays in a straight line. If that fitting starts to stick, work-fatigue will set in.

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    I wonder if it is simply a poor quality connection with the end ferrule. I'm not sure if it is crimped on.

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    Good point - there shouldn't be any work fatigue INSIDE the fitting, where Cobrajet's failed.

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    At least the cable isn't 400.00 like you would think it would be based off other solid gold Mitsubishi parts lol.

    If a guy had a small length of cable could it be rigged up in a pinch somehow mcgivor style to limp home?



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