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Look at the end. Shift housing has a bunch of wires arranged in a circle, perpendicular to the housing length. Brake housing has a spiral-wound wire running the length of the housing. From the end, you'll see a starting point where the housing was last cut, and then a spiral going down the housing.
 

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PlatyPius said:
Look at the end. Shift housing has a bunch of wires arranged in a circle, perpendicular to the housing length. Brake housing has a spiral-wound wire running the length of the housing. From the end, you'll see a starting point where the housing was last cut, and then a spiral going down the housing.
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One thing more. I cut the shifter cable with the park cable cutter. It crushed the inner wire.
Any advice?

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I've used the end of a pencil/pen in there to open it up. Anything you can get in there should work. It'll be fine once it's opened up.
 

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A nail or small screwdriver

I use a nail or a small phillips screwdriver to open up the crushed housing. In the future you could insert a piece of the old cable and cut the tubing and cable together. This minimizes the collapse.
 

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Scratch Awl or an ice pick work great.
 
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