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Old 05-14-2010, 12:02 PM   #1
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Spring broken in outside main door hold back latch catch

The spring is broken inside of the outside main door hold back latch catch and I am wondering how to replace it?

I'm not sure if I am calling the latch catch the proper term, so I've attached a photo.

Pre-thanks for any suggestions or tips on how I can go about putting a new spring in there.
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Old 05-14-2010, 12:16 PM   #2
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Hey Biggysmalls,

I sent you a PM with some information.

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Old 05-14-2010, 12:30 PM   #3
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I think the parts are in working order, although I appreciate that they may break in the future. My main goal is to learn how to take off the existing part, remove and replace the broken spring and re-attach properly.

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Drill out the old rivets,you can probably get a new spring at any hardware store,put a little sealer on the new rivets,I would use Olympic rivets,they just look better than pop rivets. Dave
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I used the spring off of a screen door roller from Lowe's. The spring was perfect.just remove the rivets replace the spring and re rivet the assembly
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I think the parts are in working order, although I appreciate that they may break in the future. My main goal is to learn how to take off the existing part, remove and replace the broken spring and re-attach properly.

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Remove the 4 pop rivets with a # 30 drill bit.

Fix or replace the holdback as you wish.

Reinstall the bracket using four 1/8" pop rivets with a little sealer around the base of them.

Replacing everything except the metal bracket, is the way to go, as it's pretty cheap.

It's an Airstream dealer part.

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