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Snap-in Control Cables

Written by Nicholas Kamuda
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Snap-in control cables are fully functional cables designed for unprecedented usability. They include all of the features of regular control cables, including load-bearing strength, articulation, and flexibility. Snap-in control cables differ from older cables, however, in that they are simple to both apply and remove.

Many of the control cables on the market today are snap-in control cables. There are a variety of designs for cables, and each design is suitable to different engine control applications. The most common types of cables are wire rope core and solid core cables. Due to their inability to push loads, wire rope cables are typically used in applications requiring a "pull-only" motion. Solid core cables can push a load, but they suffer reduced effectiveness when placed in bends.

Stronger types of cables include armored cables and coated wire rope cables. Both feature a wire rope core that is sheathed by another material. The sheathing gives the cable load-bearing strength, but the wire core allows the cable to maintain flexibility. The primary difference between armored cables and wire rope cables is the material of the sheathing--armored cables use wire rope that is wound with a metal ribbon, and coated cables are wire rope cores wrapped in plastic tubing.

Purchasing Snap-In Control Cables

Many different boating supply stores, including marinas, outboard stores, and online vendors stock control cables. Many times, online marine parts suppliers have a wide variety of control cables in stock and ready to ship. The dealers should be able to provide product compatibility information that you can compare to the service manual for your engine to insure the cables' suitability.

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