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Old 09-15-13, 11:54 AM
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SRAM Red Shifter Problem - Fixable?

My SRAM Red shifter (last generation) for my rear derailleur isn't working. What's happening is that when I try to shift to a lower gear, the cable pulls, by rear derailleur shifts, but when I release the shift paddle, the cable let's out again and the rear derailleur goes back to the original gear I started in. If I push the shift paddle and HOLD it there, the cable will stay pulled and the rear derailleur will stay in that lower gear. But as soon as I let go, it shifts back to its original position. So now my RD is stuck in the smallest cog.

Is this a fixable problem? I'd like to avoid buying a new shifter if at all possible. Thanks so much.
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Old 09-15-13, 12:52 PM
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how old is it and are you within the warranty period?
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Old 09-15-13, 02:51 PM
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It could be a stuck pawl in the shifter due to thickened contaminated grease. You can see the pawls if you remove or peel back the hoods. Spray them with some thin lube/solvent, WD40 etc, and see if you can get them to free up.
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Old 09-15-13, 05:52 PM
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I bought it new on ebay in November 2011.
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Originally Posted by Art Gibs View Post
My SRAM Red shifter (last generation) for my rear derailleur isn't working. What's happening is that when I try to shift to a lower gear, the cable pulls, by rear derailleur shifts, but when I release the shift paddle, the cable let's out again and the rear derailleur goes back to the original gear I started in. If I push the shift paddle and HOLD it there, the cable will stay pulled and the rear derailleur will stay in that lower gear. But as soon as I let go, it shifts back to its original position. So now my RD is stuck in the smallest cog.

Is this a fixable problem? I'd like to avoid buying a new shifter if at all possible. Thanks so much.
If the ebay seller is an actual SRAM dealer, and you have proof of purchase info, your local shop should be able to get it warrantied. SRAM is great w/ this.
As for grease in the shifter, there really isn't any in the area that is likely causing your problem. Compared to Shimano shifters, there is barely any grease in a SRAM shifter at all.

And "let's" is the contraction of "let us", as in "let us try to help you get your shifter fixed because it lets the cable out when it shouldn't"
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Old 09-15-13, 08:18 PM
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WD-40 did the trick, and I added in some lubricant afterwards to make sure things stay free flowin' in there.

cxwrench: I suppose it sounds disingenuous for me to say that I know that apostrophe rule for contractions and that I simply made a mistake, but that's the truth. Thanks anyway for the grammar lesson.
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Good to know the WD worked, that's a well known fix for sticky Shimano shifters. You can take the left side cover off w/ 3 small phillips screws to get an idea of how the shifter works and where you might want to lube. It also makes it easy to see if it's getting dirty.

As for the grammar lesson, I didn't mean to be an *ss but I can only handle so many there/their/they're and your/you're mistakes before I snap.
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