6. Cables

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Control cables are another item that rarely fail suddenly. Instead, they fray over time. So, if you check your cables’ movement without the engine running – on a regular basis – you stand a pretty good chance of noticing a subtle grinding sensation, somewhat akin to feeling like sand has worked its way into the cable. This is the first sign that the cable is beginning to fray, with individual strands beginning to break. If you don’t notice the problem, eventually the cable will either break or get jammed. Either of these can have disastrous consequences. Nobody likes a stuck throttle, and while you can ride a long way without a clutch, why would you want to subject your transmission to the abuse of clutchless downshifts?