This morning as I drove my 32 years old Toyota GL out, I heard a sharp sound and my clutch paddle went "dead". Immediately I knew that the clutch cable was broken. Since, this is the sixth days into Lunar New Year, I don't expect mechanic to be working and beside, how do I drive the car there!? I went to see my favorite mechanic and he gave me tips on DIY clutch cable replacement. He told me that the hook at the clutch is broken as it is made from alloy. And true enough....
... the alloy head broke off!
So, the tips on clutch cable replacement:
Thread the new cable at the clutch paddle side first and connect it up (just hook on) to the paddle;
Hook up the new cable at the engine end, remember to fasten to the engine block (which was removed from the old cable).
Next adjust the tension at the paddle side using the clip which double as stopper.
I hope the above is clear. It probably cost only RM5 to have this fitted by mechanic but for those with old cars, I suggest to have this cable replace before it breaks. The cable cost RM40 only.
Another thing to routinely check and change is the brake rubber tubing near to the brakes. This tubing may burst and cause brake failure anytime, especially in aging car of more than 8 years.