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    LX Shifter stuck on 2-speeds

    My LX shifter shifts only two speeds. Its in good condition, Ive taken it apart and cant seem to find the problem. can you help me!

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    model #? front or rear?

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    SL-M570, front (thought I put that already...). Its probably 3-5 years old, but was working fine, and still is except for its stuck only in two speeds

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    Is it the shifter or the derailleur itself that's stuck? With the cable unattached from the shifter and derailleur, how many clicks do you get on the shifter? Does the derailleur move freely across the range of all three chainrings (i.e. moving it by hand)? Have you inspected the condition of your cable/housing? OTOH if you truly took the shifter apart, it may never work again....
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    The derailleur's fine. Yeah, I already disconnected the cable, and all I took off was the shifter mount and display, exposing all the springs and spacers - kinda looks like an inside of an old watch. I didn't take apart any of the mechanisms (I know my limits! ). Any ideas?

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    Just the usual suggestion of when shifters get old the grease may get gunked up, spray some WD40 or similar in there and work the shifter a bit and see if it doesn't come back to life, and if it does be sure to put some lube in there to keep it working....
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    Second that

    Quote Originally Posted by Bikinfoolferlife
    Just the usual suggestion of when shifters get old the grease may get gunked up, spray some WD40 or similar in there and work the shifter a bit and see if it doesn't come back to life, and if it does be sure to put some lube in there to keep it working....
    I got a set of LX shifters at a swap meet for uber, uber crazy cheap. Turns out they were sticky. I just shot a bunch of tri-flow in there, worked the levers around, and it freed right up. I put probably 2000 miles on those things without them needing any more work.

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    Presuming the shifters are off the bike and no longer have a cable attached: Spray the crap out of them and work the shift mech many times, repeat over and over. If they still don't come to life then you can ditch them.

    AGAIN, this all assumes they no longer have a cable in them. If they do then that changes everything.

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    Is it the shifter or the derailleur itself that's stuck? With the cable unattached from the shifter and derailleur, how many clicks do you get on the shifter? Does the derailleur move freely across the range of all three chainrings (i.e. moving it by hand)? Have you inspected the condition of your cable/housing? OTOH if you truly took the shifter apart, it may never work again....

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    Quote Originally Posted by clint999
    Is it the shifter or the derailleur itself that's stuck? With the cable unattached from the shifter and derailleur, how many clicks do you get on the shifter? Does the derailleur move freely across the range of all three chainrings (i.e. moving it by hand)? Have you inspected the condition of your cable/housing? OTOH if you truly took the shifter apart, it may never work again....
    There some reason you're copying my earlier post? That's pretty weird...
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