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Old 11-03-2013
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Default Rear Access Engine panel for 1990 36' Pusher

I am having trouble lifting the rear gate to the engine. I have used the latch behind the license plate holder, but have only been able to unlatch the batter side of the gate. I need to get in so that I can replace the insulation as the original? has separated from the top and is lying on the exhaust pipes. The filter side of the gate is firmly attached to the frame and will not budge. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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I have no idea what you mean about "batter side of the gate" or the "filter side of the gate" but I surmise that one of the latches has come loose and the other is still holding firm. Can you open the side door to get to the mechanism? If you can pull it open far enough to reach from underneath and grab the rod that goes to the locking latch on the side that is holding maybe you can pull it hard enough to release. Once you get in there you clearly need to clean and lube the working parts of the latches. Mine were a little quirky when I first got mine and I just cleaned them real well and lubed them with grease but it needs to be kept up. There is a lot of dirt pulled into the engine room when you drive it.
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Mine can be tricky also. If it doesn't open on the first try I have to make sure it's fully closed, push in on the upper left and right corners. Then try it again.
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Thank you, I meant battery side gate and filter side gate. Unfortunately there are panels preventing me from getting at the mechanism from the side gates. I will take both of your suggestions and try tomorrow morning! Funny, the last time I had it open I had trouble closing the latches properly.
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Richard when you do get it open and have cleaned the latches up you can check their operation without closing the hatch. Just use a piece of pipe, deep socket, wood dowel etc that is the same size as the receiver pins and work those locks to check out their operation. Lube may be needed.
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Never knew they made 36 footers in '90. Would love to see a pic. It has the 8V I assume?
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SP, probably
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Ah, of course. Don't know why I assumed a PT.
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36 PT Cat with Z trans. Thank you for the suggestion Mr. Robinson.
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Thank you, I meant battery side gate and filter side gate. Unfortunately there are panels preventing me from getting at the mechanism from the side gates. I will take both of your suggestions and try tomorrow morning! Funny, the last time I had it open I had trouble closing the latches properly.
Richard, Just to try and help us understand things better it might be helpful if you use terminology such as curb side or street side of the bus. Most of us have no idea what side your batteries or filter is on. That being said, it sounds like your problem is similar with my problem when I first got my coach. You may need a helper but if you pull on the latch and have somebody grab hold of the corner that is holding and pull it may release. If not pull on the latch and see if you can get your arm under the lift gate to grab the offending rod, and pull on it, in the direction of the latch. There are two rods going from the latch to the mechanism that holds the gate to the posts. Once rod for each side. When the rods move toward the center as you pull up on the latch that opens the clamp and releases them from the posts. Hope this helps
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