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    Default Freezing loader cables

    Hi all just wondering if anyone has some hint for thawing loader control cables and keeping them thawed? Im thinking of 12 v heat tracing the cables right to the control valve and insulating them, if i can find 12v tracer. Any hints would be appreciated. Thanks ray

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    Default Re: Freezing loader cables

    I am just alittle bit south of you. Ok thirty miles north of TO.
    Could you post a pic because I am not sure what you mean.

    Craig Clayton

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    Default Re: Freezing loader cables

    My loader control cables from the joystick in the cab go through the floor to the hydralic control valve outside where the loader disconnects are??? Clear as mud eh

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    Default Re: Freezing loader cables

    How is moisture getting in to make them freeze? Heat them up with a heat gun or hair dryer, spray liberal amount of penitrating fluid into top of the cable to let it soak down to the control valve. After it is moving freely, figure out how moisture is getting in and seal it. Steel will not freeze to steel so moisture has to be getting in to freeze cable to the housing.
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    Default Re: Freezing loader cables

    Are they freezing or is the grease/lube so stiff the cables won't move. Most of these cables have a rubber or plastic coating so may have to make sure any heat tape you use doesn't melt the cover.
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    Default Re: Freezing loader cables

    I have heard of folks injecting antifreeze into the cable sheaths when the source of water ingress can't be located or stopped.
    We have too much gun control.
    What we need is more idiot control.

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    Default Re: Freezing loader cables

    Quote Originally Posted by rayclar View Post
    Hi all just wondering if anyone has some hint for thawing loader control cables and keeping them thawed? Im thinking of 12 v heat tracing the cables right to the control valve and insulating them, if i can find 12v tracer. Any hints would be appreciated. Thanks ray
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    Default Re: Freezing loader cables

    Is it freezing in the cables or the control valve? Are you getting any movement in the joystick?

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    Default Re: Freezing loader cables

    Mine is freezing up also but only on the up and down the dump and roleback works fine.

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    Default Re: Freezing loader cables

    Fastback - Mine freezes the same as yours. Read a post a week or so ago - I think a kabota doing the same thing. The thought was it has moisture in the back side of the control valve but don't take the 2 screws out to take those caps off. seems there is several small ball bearings and springs in there. The suggestion was to drill a tiny hole in the bottom edge of that cap. I'm going to play with a heat gun tomorrow. I'm a little nervous about drilling holes!! do a search for freezing loader or something like that.

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