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Old 05-30-2002, 12:01 AM   #1
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Question Help!! exterior outlet cover stuck

I can not get the exterior outlet cover to open on the curbside wall, aft of the main door. It will move but feals like it has a lock????? Its a 73 31ft Sovereign.
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Old 05-30-2002, 06:18 AM   #2
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there is a small spring loaded ball that acts as a catch. it is usally on the lower right side. you may want to spray in some WD40 and the slip a thin putty knife in to move the ball and work it loose. the biggest thing to be careful of is to not snap the hinge. If you do the whole assembly will need to be replaced. This part is not made by Airstream any more and the only source is a boneyard. Also replacement will require dilling ot the 12-16 rivets that hold it in place. The hinge is a stainless steeel pin that runs through the top of the door.

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Old 05-30-2002, 11:56 AM   #3
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Got the old prybar out and gave it some persuasion. it opend like snot on a doorknob!!!!!!!!!!! Thank for the help........ Matt Dimmer
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Old 05-30-2002, 01:20 PM   #4
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I use WD-40 for a lot of things but use anti-seize grease on that ball and spring. Works great. Craig
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Good Idea on the anti-seize. I was recomending the WD-40 only as a penetrating oil to loosen it up. That is all I ever use it for. If I need to use a spray lube I use silicone. This is one spot that an anti-seize lube makes good sense.
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Old 05-30-2002, 06:10 PM   #6
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I believe WD-40 has chlorinated solvents so don't expect it to inhibit corrosion. My experience has been that just the opposite.
There are various products that work as well and have no chlorine. Especially light oils used for firearms or as stated above silcone works well for some things. I keep it around for drying ignitions and such and will use it for other things if nothing else is handy.

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I have found the penetrating capability of WD-40 to be pretty good so that is why I use it. There are better rust preventatives out there. Many have given WD-40 a bad name for use on firearms saying that it builds a plastic residue that can interfere with the action. I'm here to tell you that I used WD-40 on firearms for 25 yrs. and NEVER had a problem like that or with rust. The last 7-8 yrs. I have used BreakFree CLP as a rust preventer/lubricator but not as a solvent. I've used Hoppes #9 for that purpose, Hoppes Copper Solvent and now Butch's Bore Shine which I have found to be fantastic. I'm getting into another area so I'll quit here.
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In a damp climate but indoors I have seen WD-40 cause or at least allow, a light rust film overnight on firearms. BTDT many years ago. Build up would be minimal. In dry climates like my current residence rust is not a big problem.
Breakfree will build up as it dries to a grease but it has excellent protective qualities as a result. I don't use it anywhere that its tendancy to gum would cause grief.
The only thing I have used to any great extent (35 years or so) that has never given me any reason to fault it is G-96 Gun Treatment. I use it for almost anything needing a light oil, door latches, hinges etc. Its mostly silicone and while only a fair penetrant for rusted parts its anti-corrosion quaities are first rate and it gets into pins and joints well to lubricate.
PB Blaster is a very good penetrant for freeing rusted parts. Used it last night while pulling the jacks and belly skin off the Ambassador. Don't think it has any chlorine but not sure. Works better than anything I have found for this so far.

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Lubricant

I have used a very nice lubricant in the past, and recently on my airstream with great results:
It is a clear lubricant made for Mercedes Benz, comes in an old-fashioned tub with a plastic lid and is simply called " Lubrication Paste". They use it for the sliding jaws of electric sunroofs. It is odor free, non-corrosive to aluminum, and does not turn black quickly, if ever.
This paste, applied in small dabs with a toothpick, for example, makes everything seem to work like it was supposed to. It can be used on hard plastic as well. This would be a great solution to the outside receptacle cover mentioned earlier in this tread.A little dap goes a long way and lasts a long time, over WD 40 for example.
MB part number A 001 989 46 51
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