Water tank locking cap novice: question

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  1. gowboy

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    hello all, sad question alert:

    water tank exterior locking cap will not lock - do I need to bother replacing it? (am I ever likely to get the tank "spiked"?). Is this just a personal peace-of-mind thingy?
    thanks and have a good day.
     
  2. Terry

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    Hi Gowboy ----- not likely to get spiked :Rofl1: but give it a good soaking in wd40 :thumb: they are very common failure items :Rofl1:
    terry
     
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    Another method that seems to work have done it a few times drop cap into a bowl of hot water, this seems to free them up don't know why only know it has worked the few times I have tried it.
     
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    zadi

    Ours was the same wouldnt lock, took it to bits found the inside had
    disintergrated, bought a new Zadi type off e bay £12.75.
    Easy peasy.
     
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    I would get it fixed as Tuggers are notorious for emptying their waste hogs or in extreme cases Thetfords into unlocked ones. I thought everyone knew that?

    Had the same problem, WD40, loads of jiggling and it was fine.
     
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    do you have any verified (and accessible) reports of this Barry....i find it a bit hard to believe really.
    if i saw ANYONE attempting this they would need surgery to have their face removed from said thetford/wastehog :Angry:
     
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    So far wev'e had WD40 and boiling water

    Wonder what boiling WD 40 would do for em:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    Nooooooooooooooooo Dont go there:Eeek:
     
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    Sorry it's a complete fabrication. Should have added a smiley. Just my sad sense of humour.

    Wd 40 bit was true though:BigGrin:
     
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    These caps seem to have a useful life of about three months before they pack up.:Sad:

    Has anyone out there had longer out of theirs?!
     
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    We had the ones on our previous van for 2 years had 2 water tanks with the occasional warm water treatment still working OK when we sold it.

    Never used WD40 as was told that it rotted plastic.
     
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    Still going strong after 4 1/2 yrs (touch wood ):thumb::Rofl1::Doh: kiss of death now :Rofl1:
    terry
     
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    Hi Gowboy
    I did the hot water trick it worked ok. Pete :thumb:
     
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    Thanks to all for your replies

    OK I have learned:

    1. Hot Water
    2. Jiggle it
    3. WD40
    4. Jiggle it
    5. Get a new one
    6. Keep an eye out for (suspicious) types with caravans....

    :thumb:
     
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    Dont bother to lock mine.:RollEyes:
     
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    The tank lock on the Mobilvetta I've just changed worked backwards, ie unlock to lock and vice versa.
    I know it sounds daft, but they are Italian!
     
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    Mine is very temperamental, has refused to lock on a couple of occasions, then as if by magic it works fine again. I find that prayer seems to give most success.
    Geoff.
     
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    Thanks for the ebay link, ours has just been smashed to bits after refusing to come off. Second one on an 07 van as this one is a replacement. Obviously a design classic.


    Dave
     
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