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> Where to source -- Heater Cable End Clamp, Tunnel is pinched so have to diy a solution
moldygreg
post Jan 10 2019, 10:30 PM
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Hi all-

After an hour of doing battle trying to install a lovely new heater cable from 914 Rubber, I discovered the tunnel must be pinched at the firewall.

I can get a cable through, but not with the end crimp.

Where can I source a Heater cable end clamp? And what size(s) do I need. I see bicycle cable caps, but that's not large nor robust enough.

Many thanks in advance-

Greg
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post Jan 10 2019, 10:48 PM
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I had a similar issue so I bent the tube just a little bit to lessen the curvature. I inserted a Phillips screwdriver in the tube and gave it a little nudge. That and lubing the cable made it work. You can also trim the solid end crimp by a couple mm so it will make the curve but still have enough length to be secured.
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post Jan 10 2019, 10:57 PM
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QUOTE(mepstein @ Jan 10 2019, 08:48 PM) *

I had a similar issue so I bent the tube just a little bit to lessen the curvature. I inserted a Phillips screwdriver in the tube and gave it a little nudge. That and lubing the cable made it work. You can also trim the solid end crimp by a couple mm so it will make the curve but still have enough length to be secured.


Thank you... I actually did that as well. Blew air and lubed it up. One side is great the driver-side is giving me fits. Might give trimming a shot as well.

Still would be curious if anyone has thoughts on where to source the crimps/clamps.
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post Jan 11 2019, 07:09 AM
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QUOTE(moldygreg @ Jan 10 2019, 11:57 PM) *

QUOTE(mepstein @ Jan 10 2019, 08:48 PM) *

I had a similar issue so I bent the tube just a little bit to lessen the curvature. I inserted a Phillips screwdriver in the tube and gave it a little nudge. That and lubing the cable made it work. You can also trim the solid end crimp by a couple mm so it will make the curve but still have enough length to be secured.


Thank you... I actually did that as well. Blew air and lubed it up. One side is great the driver-side is giving me fits. Might give trimming a shot as well.

Still would be curious if anyone has thoughts on where to source the crimps/clamps.

914 rubber has them. They make the cables in house.
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post Jan 11 2019, 10:32 AM
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AA also sells them...
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post Jan 11 2019, 10:49 AM
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yes yes, go through the back access plate under the center tray and just put a bit of pressure with a bit screwdriver at the worst place of the bend. Also lube the tube with spray grease

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I had a similar issue so I bent the tube just a little bit to lessen the curvature. I inserted a Phillips screwdriver in the tube and gave it a little nudge. That and lubing the cable made it work. You can also trim the solid end crimp by a couple mm so it will make the curve but still have enough length to be secured.
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post Jan 11 2019, 11:02 AM
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In addition to what has been suggested, I picked up a set of wire tubing brushes at HF for a few bucks and use them to clean and smooth the insides of the cable tubes, then spray them with lubricant/rust protection before installing new cables. My car was probably a worst case but I've been amazed how much crap comes out of those tubes.

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