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Old 11-05-2019
Joatha Joatha is offline
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Location: Pensacola
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Default Fuel door warning

Late last fall I noticed that the little latch for the fuel door (on the drivers side) was starting to get a little difficult to open and close. This is the one that does NOT have a lock on it for the LX. I had put that on my list of things to do but before I did, the darn thing froze up and wouldn't work at all. The door was effectively shut permanently.

Now, I have a second fuel door on the passenger side (it locks with a key). So, I used that in the meantime. But, I knew that the time was going to come when I needed propane and that is the only place to fill the propane tank. That time came a lot quicker since I am temporarily living in the bird full-time.

I tried spraying some PB Blaster in the latch but even after 2-3 attempts (and 24 hours of soaking), it didn't free it up. I then tried to put some extra force on the latch and all that did was break off the ears of the latch. Prior to doing that, I looked underneath and knew I could get access from below - albeit not easily.

I ended up opening the bay door next to the fuel door and removing the 3 screws that hold the fender. That allowed me to push the fender out just enough to get my hand up there (more easily) with a pair of pliers. I bent the latch mechanism just enough to open the door and then removed the whole latching mechanism and replaced with a new one - looks exactly the same as before.

The latch has a ball and spring that is used as a means to stop the latch from opening. The ball had rusted in place and that's why I could no longer open the latch.

Lesson here is that if your latch is starting to stick, then do something about it sooner rather than later. I could've saved myself a lot of time (about 30-45 minutes) had I just replaced the latch when it started getting finicky.
Jonathan Leifheit
2001 Bluebird Wanderlodge LX ME
Pensacola, FL
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