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Old 11-16-2015, 08:44 AM   #1
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Sticking Grey and Black Tank Release Handles

Anyone know how to free tank handles that have become hard to pull out? I can get them out but they are sticking pretty tight and I am afraid to break them, figure someone here might know a trick or two on a 23IKSS Roo


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Old 11-16-2015, 10:10 AM   #2
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I have used a little silicone spray on mine, you could probably use wd-40 also. Pull out as far as you can without forcing them and spray the metal stem. Work it back in and out applying the spray each time you gain a little more. Eventually they should loosen up enough where you can pull the whole way out and lube the entire stem.
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Old 11-16-2015, 11:40 AM   #3
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There is a small article on how to fix this problem in this month's Trailer Life magazine. Buy one and take a look.
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Old 11-16-2015, 12:47 PM   #4
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I use WD40 once a season - very easy to do and works great.

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Old 11-17-2015, 12:12 PM   #5
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is it the slide handle or the part of the slide sides that are sticking? I would think that silicon spray would solve this.

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http://rvlife.com/techtipsavoiding-sticky-valves/
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:20 PM   #6
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Could be the valve itself or the cable. Try lubing the handle. If no help you may have to disassemble the valve
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:45 PM   #7
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Thetford sells an additive for holding tanks just for the valve lubrication. See you RV parts store.
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Old 11-17-2015, 01:21 PM   #8
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Mine did that one time. Then we had a poop jet.
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Old 11-17-2015, 02:04 PM   #9
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Tank levers

We had same problem. Still under warranty. Had to disassemble because it was the cables not the handles. The guys said it was very hard to replace because the whole belly in the basement had to be removed and the cable was in a tight area to reach. But it was covered and sent me the new cables to have replaced. Haven't had this problem since but it's only been a year since replaced.
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Old 11-17-2015, 03:28 PM   #10
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I have used a little silicone spray on mine, you could probably use wd-40 also. Pull out as far as you can without forcing them and spray the metal stem. Work it back in and out applying the spray each time you gain a little more. Eventually they should loosen up enough where you can pull the whole way out and lube the entire stem.
I use the silicone on the shafts and i use the green tank cleaner it has a lube in it to help the valve too.
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