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Old 10-08-2016, 09:39 PM   #1
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Black Tank Valve issues

Hey all. Ok I'm a little cranky. I've had my Solaire 247rkes for about a year and a half now and it was purchased brand new. Ever since picking it up, the black tank valve has become nearly impossible to close after draining. I had to sit on the ground today and use my foot to close it. I know this can't be good. Any ideas?
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Old 10-08-2016, 10:52 PM   #2
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Dump a good amount of Dawn down into an empty tank with a little water to let it soak for awhile. Then open and close to see if that helps.

If that doesn't work start looking for a new valve install.
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Ok I will try it. What does that do?
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Old 10-08-2016, 11:23 PM   #4
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Ok I will try it. What does that do?
I swear by Dawn as the magic elixir for almost everything.
The truth is Dawn is a great degreaser and won't hurt rubber seals or birds.
Anyway it's worth a try.

You just may have toilet paper stuck in the valve that has dried and isn't coming out.

If you don't mind getting a little dirty....
You can remove the valve yourself after you do a few good water flushes and see if you can manually clean the valve seat. It's only 4 bolts and nuts.
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Thanks a ton Iggy! Gonna give it a shot.
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Old 10-09-2016, 01:42 AM   #6
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You could try a little silicone spray on the shaft when it's pulled out in case it's dry and dragging. Somewhere here I have seen a post on installing a plug to get it into the bore better. Now if it's jamming from blockage the other posters have good suggestions
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You could try a little silicone spray on the shaft when it's pulled out in case it's dry and dragging. Somewhere here I have seen a post on installing a plug to get it into the bore better. Now if it's jamming from blockage the other posters have good suggestions
Thanks David.
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It sounds to me like you have something built up on the valve seats, I think dawn is a good solution and the easiest fix. If that doesn't do it you may try dumping the tank leave the valve open and take a toilet brush or something similar and manually clean the seating area of the valve. let us know what you find and what fix worked so we can learn from your experience.
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It sounds to me like you have something built up on the valve seats, I think dawn is a good solution and the easiest fix. If that doesn't do it you may try dumping the tank leave the valve open and take a toilet brush or something similar and manually clean the seating area of the valve. let us know what you find and what fix worked so we can learn from your experience.
Will do SeaDog. Thanks for the advice.
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Here is a short video.
https://youtu.be/u-AFa9hyrpI
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