"Silly" choke cable question

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"Silly" choke cable question

Postby Castanley » Sun Sep 01, 2019 6:39 am

Hi all,

I have a quick question which will probably seem pretty silly to a lot of you so forgive my ignorance. My last experience of a manual choke (before owning my Minor) was on a 1979 Mini. I remember that on the Mini, you pulled the choke out and twisted it to lock it into place. Should it do the same on a Morris Minor? I only ask because I can't get the choke to lock in the 'out' position on my recently acquired Moggy and I just wanted to double check I wasn't missing something obvious before ordering a new choke cable! No matter how I try to twist the choke knob, it slides back in as soon as I let go.

All answers welcome, even humerous ones! :P

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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby mobylette » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:01 am

Yes it should lock but the mechanism does wear out. In the mean time standard practice is one or two clothes pegs depending on the weather. :D

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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby sid » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:02 am

use a clothes peg! :)

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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby ianmack » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:04 am

The choke should twist and hold. If yours doesn’t it is probably worn, or someone has fitted a duff cable.

You could fit a new cable but the time honoured remedy is to use a clothes peg. :D

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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby ianmack » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:05 am

Ah! Great minds think alike.

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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby Castanley » Sun Sep 01, 2019 8:10 am

Aha! The old clothes peg ploy. Brilliant solution until I can get around to replacing the choke cable.
Thanks for the advice guys!

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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby moggiethouable » Mon Sep 02, 2019 12:38 pm

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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby Mark Wilson » Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:00 am

ESM, and presumably others, sell a cheap version and an "original" version of the choke cable. I had a basic version (not from ESM) which didn't stay out, and replaced it with an ESM original which does twist and lock.

I think I've seen references to the cable being a rigid piano wire - neither of my aftermarket ones were rigid.

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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby geoberni » Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:33 am

The one on Basil seems to have indents on the Pull Knob somehow, so it kind of has several 'click stops' without any need to twist. :-?

But then with Basil, it could just be a non original Knob, although it does match all other controls.....
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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby midget » Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:39 pm

I cured this problem by fitting a Marina cable which is perfect, apart from the non original appearance.
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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby myoldjalopy » Sat Sep 07, 2019 6:31 pm

geoberni wrote:
Fri Sep 06, 2019 10:33 am
The one on Basil seems to have indents on the Pull Knob somehow, so it kind of has several 'click stops' without any need to twist. :-?

But then with Basil, it could just be a non original Knob, although it does match all other controls.....
No, I suspect it is original as my SII has exactly the same set-up although, presumably due to wear, it only locks on 'fully out' and 'slightly out'. However, those two settings are all it needs - 'fully out' to start and then 'slightly out' until the engine warms up 8)

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Re: "Silly" choke cable question

Postby alanworland » Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:44 pm

Mines the same, pulls out with click stops then rotate it to clear the clicks and it will go back in.

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