WAECO MDC65 Fridge Locking Mechanism - Broken

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  1. GeriatricWanderer

    GeriatricWanderer Funster

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    The little plastic pin that drops into the slot for setting the door closed or ajar - has snapped.

    I have no doubt, given time and patience, I could cobble together a DIY fix but I thought I'd see what it would cost for a genuine spare - I can't find a source anywhere - looked in all the usual places.

    I can't believe I'm the first person to need one so I'm hoping someone here has had the same problem, and located a spare?
     
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    I seriously hope that 'your' waeco replacement is cheaper than the Dometic one. 31QsvmpFRmL._SY355_.jpg at £22+ on Amazon (cheapest I found was £12.50)
     
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    Thanks for that - much about what I expected.

    Methinks I'll try a bit of DIY!
     
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    Not saying I bought it. Superglue and 15mins refashioning some spare plastic did the trick.
     
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    I find a stainless steel pop rivet does the trick for us and before that a golf tee fitted just fine :)
     
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    Mike,
    Your alternative is admirable (we used the golf tee until I fixed the catch) but, that keeps the door closed. What do you do to keep the door slightly ajar when not used?
     
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    Hi there just open the door and put the rivet back in the hole door will not close Voila
     
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    I did that, which was 'Fine'?
    (look up womanspeak for that word when used in 'discussion' with husband when it is NOT, 'fine')
    Until I tried moving 'van to another place at home to do some jobs.
    Door flew open, crashed against table, invoked wrath of SWMBO and put me on 'Naughty' step!!!
     
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    Sorted.
    I knew I would have something in my shed that would do the trick - a number 2 Rawlplug (red) - a perfect fit. Careful drilling and super gluing saved me £22.80 + £2.50 P&P.
     
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    Well done that man.

    Nothing like a bit of bodging to make you feel good.
     
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