Rear der cable broke near/at the slug end in the D/A 7800 brifter. The shifter will only shift and release in the 3 highest tension positions. The front cover and the black plastic top cover and associated fasteners have been removed. 8 years of grit, grime and grease have been wiped, scrubbed with a small brush and rinsed out with WD40.
At this point looking down through the side hole I can view the cable track and see a few short cable strands, but can't quite see the slug. I can't get a hold of any strands with needle-nose pliers or tweezers to help pull it around in the release direction.
The top of the brake lever is also the housing for the shift mechanism, and the next step of dis-assembly may lead to the brifter's demise. Any suggestions for extracting that cable end slug? Thanks.