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GREGORYBSTODDARD
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  • 1996 CHEVROLET ASTRO
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  • 2WD
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How to replace my throttle cable on my 96 chev astro van
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Friday, May 20th, 2011 AT 6:40 PM

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Tiny
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My cable broke at the carb and the cables are now obsolete. Can I fix the cable?
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Friday, May 20th, 2011 AT 6:54 PM
Tiny
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Throttle body cable available from GM
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Friday, May 20th, 2011 AT 8:47 PM
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I once repaired a throttle cable on a Camry, for a Lady in a hurry to get to Atlanta, They had "called in the family" for her relative. She was "Stranded" in a parking lot not far from my house.I had pulled over, to put the doors back on my Jeep, when she approached me.

It was about 10:00 PM and there were no parts stores open. My town is 3 hours from Atlanta. She was not a real happy camper, and sorta had no other way to get there, other than someone to take her.

I'm sorta a "Hoarder" when it comes to keeping "Repair" things, I might be able to use later on.

The inner cable was all that broke, and it was not very long. I took the lady to my house and my wife kinda took care of her, while I began my "McGyvering"

I took the brake cable off of a Grand-Youngin's bicycle, and looked in a small parts drawer and found 2 little "Barrel Thingees" that you slide over cables, and tighten the screw down to lock it in place (might be called a cable stop).

We went back to her car and I was confident this would fix it. NOT! The cable diameter was too big.

I knew that the "Shift" cables on a 10 Speed bicycle were smaller than the brake cable I had. So off to the bike shop we went, the lady was uneasy, for I was going to the bike shop, that would most certainly, be closed.

Remember

---McGyver Mentality---

I drove down the side and to the dumpster, behind the bike shop. When I opened it up.

Luckily, they had been fixin' some bikes!

I coulda probably repaired 20 cars, with a broken cable issue!

The smaller, used bike cable was a perfect fix, I was able to use the molded on "stop" on the used cable, on the Throttle body end, and I used a "Barrel Dealee" on the pedal end.

When she came back thru, from Atlanta, She left me a Thank you letter and a nice, 50 some-odd piece Craftsman socket set, at my back door.

Let me know if I can "McGyver" for you. Or was that enough?

If you need more help, pics may help me, help you!

The Medic
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Friday, May 20th, 2011 AT 9:29 PM
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Sorry Doc, I was a huntin' and peckin' a novel, when you submitted.

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Friday, May 20th, 2011 AT 9:34 PM

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