Bicycle Mechanics - Carb cleaner to free up shimano shifter?
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02-11-12, 05:12 PM
Anyone try using it as a degreaser to free up the grease in there? How about things like Easy-off instead of WD40?
02-11-12, 05:17 PM
There is some plastic in the shifters, you might damage the plastic. Wd-40 works, and has for ages.
02-11-12, 05:32 PM
Ok thanks. That's what I need to know.
02-11-12, 06:35 PM
WD-40...and a little patience. I'm 2 for 2 with this technique.
02-11-12, 06:53 PM
The Easy-Off I know about is oven cleaner; it is a strong alkali and will attack the aluminum parts of the shifters. Don't do it, stick with WD-40 or a light aerosol white grease which contains some solvent as well as lubricant. The idea is to loosen and soften the grease inside, not to wash it out.
02-11-12, 07:31 PM
i use liquid wrench penetrating oil. also try giving the big lever some slight upward force as you shift
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