Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Broken throttle cable
I was running down the highway after a terrible round (+9) of disc golf this morning and my throttle was sticking. I played with it a bit and it let go. It would be fine if I din't turn it very far, but then if I pulled the throttle around more than 1/2 way, it would stick there and rev. I got it home, but by the time I did, it would not release at all.
After further inspection, it appeared as though the push (on return) cable had disconnected from the linkage. I then realized it wasn't moving when I rotated the throttle. The cable was catching on the carb linkage and keeping it from closing. I found that I could almost pull the entire length of the push cable out of the line.
Now that it is out of the way, the throttle seems to turn fine and not bind anywhere. Is this normal? If so, then what is the purpose of the push-pull type throttles? My only thought is for safety in case the carb linkage is gummed so you can force it closed.
Sorry for the long post, my questions really are:
1. Do I need the cable or should I cut it off. My first thought is that I should replace it.
2. If I do replace it, how difficult and are there any tips for making my job a bit easier?
3. Do I need to replace the pull cable too?
4. How hard is it to get the handlebar portion apart?
5. Do I just replace the inner cable and not the outer shield, or does the whole assembly get replaced.
TIA and sorry for the novel.