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Old 09-01-2018, 11:09 AM   #1
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MCD Roller Shade Inop

The couch slide window has an MCD slow rise roller shade that refuses to roll up on itís own. I have adjusted (tightened) the black plastic push screw and it will work for one retraction then quit. So I am thinking that there is an internal mechanism that is defective. We are still on the road and would really like this shade to work. So my question is:

Are the mechanisms all the same? i.e. can I swap the broken one for one from a smaller shade)

Can the mechanism be extracted with the usual travel tools I have available?
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Old 09-01-2018, 09:37 PM   #2
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They are all the same and no tools are needed to remove. Maybe a pair of pliers if its wedged in tight.

The spring mechanism pulls straight out from the roller, the left side contains the spring, the right side is the stop mechanism. Two issues with the longer shades. FR only puts 2 brackets on the headrail, there should be at least 3, 5 on a 60” shade. MCD will send you some if you call tech support.

Also the spring tension required on the longer shades can cause the spring wheel to slip under tension. Which sounds like your issue. If you look closely there is a small hole at 12 o clock in the end bracket. Once you set the tension where you want it put a small #4 or 6 (cant remember which) screw in the hole it will lock the tension adjustment.
This solved my issue with the tension not holding even with new shade that FR sent me under warranty. It's been holding for about a year and 10k miles.
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Old 09-01-2018, 10:32 PM   #3
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Perfect. Thanks for the info. I will give it shot and post the results. I may be able to stop by MCD on the way home if it does not work.
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Old 09-02-2018, 06:14 AM   #4
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Thinking back the screw does not lock the adjustment but locks the outer cup in place. Which is the piece that slips. You can still further adjust the tension with the screw in place. Iíve only had this issue with rear shade 60Ē in my rig the others have worked as they should, although I did add a center bracket to all of them as MCD suggested.
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Old 09-03-2018, 12:29 AM   #5
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Had a chance to look at it this morning. I came apart exactly like you said. I found a thread from the shade material wrapped around the capstan about 5 times. Removed that, reassembled, inserted a 6x 3/8 sheet metal screw into the hole, reset tension. It seems to have done the trick. I still need to set the stop. It rolls all the way up now but its very slow by the time the end reaches the roller so no problem. Thanks again.
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Old 09-03-2018, 05:50 AM   #6
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Great
If you turn the stop adjuster too far it can come completely off the adjustment screw. If so just pull that end out and thread it back on the adjustment screw.
Once you pull it apart it's a simple design as you have seen.
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