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Old 11-13-2017, 01:59 PM   #1
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Bar and tube stuck

Has anyone ever encountered the main arm bar and tube, on a front awning, seizing up? I am having that problem on one side, and am unable to extend the awning (arm) or remove the bar from the head casting. I'm afraid to apply too much pressure, but have given it a pretty good try. Thoughts? Maybe some way to pull apart without breaking something else? - Thanks
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Old 11-13-2017, 02:47 PM   #2
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I am having difficulty picturing exactly what is seized up. Can you post a picture?

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Old 11-13-2017, 04:57 PM   #3
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I think I know what you mean. I have had the sliding part freeze up. The arms get water inside and the Al part corrodes. I was able to get mine loose. Inspect to see if it has been dented or buckled or frozen and cracked. Be very careful of the spring tension on the awning. if you take that arm out of the head you have to deal with the spring first. Lots of Hi Tech lubricant might get there eventually, ..or not. I do not know a magic way to get it loose. Vibration, tension, and lubricant and watch out for the spring are all I can offer.
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Old 11-13-2017, 06:34 PM   #4
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Zipdee, Carefree, EZ Awn, awning?

It does not take much of a bend or just a bit of oxidation to bind it up.

Once you get it free regularly spray the parts with silicone (not WD 40)

When did you last have it open?
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Old 11-14-2017, 09:15 AM   #5
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Thanks. I'll keep trying. I bought it as it is now. I have definitely been worried about taking the arm off, for fear of releasing the spring tension. It's a Zip Dee.
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Zipdee design has not changed for decades. They are also very customer friendly. You could give them a call.
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