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    Carb cleaner to free up shimano shifter?

    Anyone try using it as a degreaser to free up the grease in there? How about things like Easy-off instead of WD40?

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    There is some plastic in the shifters, you might damage the plastic. Wd-40 works, and has for ages.
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    Ok thanks. That's what I need to know.

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    WD-40...and a little patience. I'm 2 for 2 with this technique.
    I'm more "Shrek" than "Schleck"

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    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.

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    i use liquid wrench penetrating oil. also try giving the big lever some slight upward force as you shift

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