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Old 01-12-2018, 11:45 AM   #1
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Suburban Oven Pilot Light Not Staying Lit

Hey all. We have a large suburban oven in our 2017 Vibe and the pilot light stays lit when the knob on the control is pushed in but goes out when released... Anyone had the same problem and if so, what was the fix? If its a cheap fix i'll do it myself but if not, I'll take it in to the dealer

We're supposed to get snow in our area this weekend and really don't want to have to uncover, put the batteries back in and recover the camper before the warranty goes out...

Any thoughts??
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Old 01-12-2018, 11:52 AM   #2
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Are you releasing the knob as soon as the pilot lights? If so you need to hold it for a little bit.
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:02 PM   #3
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I've held it down for up to a minute.

The oven worked flawlessly all summer and worked the day before I had this issue. My suspicion is the thermocouple is dead but thought I'd ask...
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:13 PM   #4
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The only other thing I know would be to check for dirt in the tube. Sorry that I can't be of better help.
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Old 01-12-2018, 12:31 PM   #5
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bad thermocouple(sp). This is what heats up when you hold the knob in and once hot allows gas to flow and if the pilot goes out it cools and cuts the gas.

easy to change depending on access and routing. it runs between the pilot and the oven gas valve (behind the knob and panel) with a thin metal tube in between
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:33 PM   #6
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Our oven would start, run for 5 minutes and then go off, found out that the orifice was too small, had to take it in and have it replaced, fixed the problem.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:40 PM   #7
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Wouldn't it be nice if Suburban became 21st century and had a DSI lighter like Fusion and Atwood?
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:42 PM   #8
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bad thermocouple(sp). This is what heats up when you hold the knob in and once hot allows gas to flow and if the pilot goes out it cools and cuts the gas.

easy to change depending on access and routing. it runs between the pilot and the oven gas valve (behind the knob and panel) with a thin metal tube in between
X2.

Another cause can be that the bracket for the thermocouple has been bumped causing the tip of the thermocouple not to be in the flame enough.
This could have been Tbates problem.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:45 PM   #9
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Wouldn't it be nice if Suburban became 21st century and had a DSI lighter like Fusion and Atwood?
....I think this would be 20th century at best. I guess if it were DSI then they would fail too. I have thought of adding an impulse magneto, but just don't use the oven that much...or too lazy.
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Old 01-12-2018, 01:53 PM   #10
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more oven issues

YOu beat me to this post. I am planning to take our WJ with a Suburban oven back to the dealership for the 3rd time to repair the oven. I had the same issue of not staying lit. They replaced the thermocoupler and igniter. Now it will stay lit on the pilot and will heat up to the set temperature - one time. If won't relight to maintain the temp.

I will be following your post. Please update if / when you find a solution. I am going to request a new gas control valve. I suggested that before since that was a problem with our previous Suburban oven. Unfortunately, the dealership did not do this and now we are back to the same problem.
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