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  1. #1 Door lock Pull Cable 
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    The door pull cable from the interior handle to the lock has broken. I seem to remember I used a cable from a Fiesta Mk1 2door model. Has anyone got an idea of where to get a replacement, I've spend half a day doing Google searches without any success.
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    Several types listed on eBay as Fiesta door lock cable. My guess is that you will find one there.
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    Thanks Steve, but all the cables listed are for Mk5 and Mk6 Fiestas. Been there and bought one, the ends are different. Also mostly for 5 door models and the cable isn't long enough, the 2 door model has longer doors.
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    I did have 2 from i believe were Sierra rear doors . Both went to a member on here who went under 'Peterboat'. I know he only needed one so may still have another if you can contact him somehow.
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    Couldn't you make a replacement using a bicycle brake cable and a couple of solder-less nipples or similar?
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    Hi Ben,
    that is my plan B. I had bought a Mk6 door cable before I realised the fittings had changed so to test the theory bike cable theory I made a prototype using it. Major problem is the fittings at either end need to be grafted onto the bike brake cable. It resulted in a hideous bodge at the join, although it would be out of sight inside the door.
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    Hi Chris

    With regard to the cycle cable adaptation . As you have mentioned its unseen inside the door,
    have you tried using the brass 2 screw part from inside a plastic insulated cable block?
    These are available in 2 sizes for different diameter wires, in case the most common size isn't big enough.

    However,if you have to use the barrel part to locate inside the lock, cut it of with side cutters , drill a hole the size of the cable you have and then affix the barrel using the brass bit with 2 screws removed from the wire joining connector block on the end.

    The Ford Puma interior door release cable may be suitable as it shares parts with the fiesta Mk4 2 door.

    Contact someone who is breaking those cars and ask them to measure it for you. you maybe lucky and its the correct length.

    Otherwise as Ben says, solder the end on using a blowlamp to heat it.
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    Could you maybe send all the broken one to Speedy Cables in Cardiff together with the required length of the new one?
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  9. #9 Re: Door lock Pull Cable 
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    Ye Old Ripper:
    Photo of my prototype bodge:
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    Plan was to make the end lengths adjustable using the threaded spacers.

    Bill: Good idea, I filled out a contact form yesterday...
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    Hi Chris.
    The brass bit with the 2 screws is the part I was referring to in your photo, I have used them many times without them slipping on the cable.

    That contraption seems over complicated, all that extra weight will be slowing your car down and may rattle travelling over the ruts and bumps in the road

    Am I correct in assuming that by adjusting the threads it changes the length/tension of the outer cable?

    Personally if you drilled the hole in the broken barrel shaped part at say 90 deg "around the clock face" so assuming the broken cable bit in it is at 12 o'clock and you then drill the new hole from 3 o'clock through to 9 o'clock . This line of thought is to avoid trying to drill out the existing cable as it will be hard to do and the drill bits fragile due to it's diameter and will probably skip and break.

    I still think the Puma or MK4 Fiesta cable has a good chance of being the same as the earlier Fiesta you previously used.

    Which ever solution you finally go for.
    Make sure that you do not fit the cable to the car dry.
    The best stuff to use including your throttle cable & handbrake cable is spray grease that comes in an Aerosol can and is sold as chain spray by Toolstation. If you use a WD40 straw the can will last you years. It is liquid grease that will stay inside the casing and will prevent it wearing out unlike WD40 which evaporates or 3 in 1, which will dry out over time.
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