Great advice KCHASE now to take it one step further.
If you find that it is the cable that is bad find the part number that has been heat stamped into the black plastic jacket of the cable a few feet from one end. Most times it is just down from the rack.
If you have a Teleflex cable the part number will be around the cable jacket from where you see the name Teleflex stamped.
Teleflex rack cables start with the letters SSC then there will be 5 numbers after the C 1-3 are the base number of the cable (must get the same cable) the 4th and 5th number are your cable length in feet.
Take that number to your local marine reatiler for a replacement cable.
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