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Old 10-26-2009, 08:47 AM   #1
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Stove vent cover not closing all the way.

The exterior stove vent cover has about a 1/2" gap when closed. This is caused by a bend (looks intentional) in the cable. Is this normal, or should the vent cover close completely shut?
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:03 AM   #2
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I don't have this feature, but was thinking about adding something similar as it is a pia when you forget to close and lock which is done from the outside on new vent covers. We know when the vent has been left open when wind or trucks passing we can hear it flapping. I would straighten the wire to get it to close 100% as water at 60 mph will be driven in.
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:26 AM   #3
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The exterior stove vent cover has about a 1/2" gap when closed. This is caused by a bend (looks intentional) in the cable. Is this normal, or should the vent cover close completely shut?
That cable is fully adjustable for proper closure.

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That cable is fully adjustable for proper closure.
The bend in the cable goes out over the "flange" of the opening in the skin. This keeps the cover from closing all of the way. Should this bend turn or twist when the cable is pulled to close the vent?
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Old 10-26-2009, 09:59 AM   #5
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Try lubricating the cable with penetrating oil. Open the vent fully and put some on the wire so it runs down into the casing . If you can get to the inside soak the casing also . Close the vent so the fan shuts off and let stand for awhile. Then with a helper , one inside and one outside , open and close it manually till it works smooth. If the cable is real bad it may need replacement , but this worked for me. Good luck

PS lubricate the door hinge also.
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Old 10-26-2009, 10:08 AM   #6
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Try lubricating the cable with penetrating oil. Open the vent fully and put some on the wire so it runs down into the casing . If you can get to the inside soak the casing also . Close the vent so the fan shuts off and let stand for awhile. Then with a helper , one inside and one outside , open and close it manually till it works smooth. If the cable is real bad it may need replacement , but this worked for me. Good luck

PS lubricate the door hinge also.
Thanks Tiki, the cable moves freely, it seems to be the kink in the cable under the cover that's the problem. Does this kink serve a purpose?
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Thanks Tiki, the cable moves freely, it seems to be the kink in the cable under the cover that's the problem. Does this kink serve a purpose?
Remove the kink.

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I'll do that, but it looks like that kink or bend was made on purpose.
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If you take off the screen in the hood over your stove, you can look up and find how the solid wire attaches to the knob. IIRC, you also need to take off the right hand side of the "Super Galactic Imperial Control Commander" box. Actually, as I think of it, I'm not so sure that you need to take off the screen.

Make sure that the vent cover is pushed donw against the outer skin, then loosen the screw, pull the wire down, and retighten the screw.

As the sheath wire assembly ages, its loss of lubricant increase friction inside it and makes the wire pull loose from the setscrew. This can cause the effect you photographed. I believe that the connection to the vent cover is a simple hook through the hole, once only. So de-kink it, as Andy recommended.

Opening the vent also turns on the fan at a certain degree of "openess" and man, is that fan L-O-U-D on ours!
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There is currently nothing in the AS (doing a full monty). The fan was working fine and LOUD (must be normal) when the SGICC box and vent knob were still in place. I am currently trying to fix and seal leaks, repair vent screens, etc. I am going to straighten the bend in the cable (see photo in post 1), but was wondering if it (the bend) served a purpose, or maybe the PO installed the only cable he could find when the old one broke.
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Thanks Tiki, the cable moves freely, it seems to be the kink in the cable under the cover that's the problem. Does this kink serve a purpose?
Mine has no kink.
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Thanks Ticki, I'm going with the assumption that the PO replaced the original with whatever he/she could find.
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Birdwell57 , I think that's a safe assumption . I would replace the cable , especially since it's easy now . Once they kink it will forever be a weak spot.
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does anyone know where i can get a screen cover like the one in the pic on the original thread in this post?
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