Sliding Door Lock Mechanism - Early Bay

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Sliding Door Lock Mechanism - Early Bay

Post by hambone » Mon May 05, 2014 10:06 am

Hi, is there any way to repair a faulty lock-bolt on the sliding door? With vice grips, the bolt can be pulled out to LOCK position, but the little plastic lever doesn't have enough strength to push the bolt out. I have lubricated the hell out of everything, that isn't the issue.
When the bolt is pushed back in, it CLUNKS into place rather strongly. I think there is an internal spring amiss, or a broken lever?
Just looking for options. It appears that the back of the lock isn't removable, not that I would know what to do anyway! :flower:
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Re: Sliding Door Lock Mechanism - Early Bay

Post by hambone » Mon May 05, 2014 12:35 pm

P.S. from the Samba, good info:
Please, do this in sequence to prevent damage.

Open door. Go to back latch and turn in it in to the first click with your fingers.
Now try to pull handle up. The rear latch should pull to closed position.

If the handle goes up, you need to adjust latch striker.

Pull handle down to release rear latch. It is your responsibility to make sure that the latch is ready to go before you attempt to close the door.

If the handle does not go up, the two pull rods must be adjusted. I hate the Bentley procedure, it does not explain what the adjustment is trying to do, but basically, the two rods have to be synchronized with their pull/push duties. The latch setting holes are supposed to make it easy, but they are only so-so. I had to preload one rod a good three inches it felt like, but I got what they were trying to do, and works well. Play with the levers and try to catch where they do their piece, and where you want them to end up as you adjust.

The earlier buses also had a trick safety dead bolt at the *front* that prevented the door from ever unhooking, once the handle was pulled up to make the rear flush and signal that the door was ready for travel. I *think* this safety deadbolt at the front can hang your handle-up stroke if it cannot come out over the front catch deal. This would show up primarily when the door was closed, so it the door passes your tests above open, but refuses to cooperate closed, check out the front whateveritscalled plate adjustment.

Never attempt to close the door after fooling around with the latches until you have verified that the latch receiver is open.
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Re: Sliding Door Lock Mechanism - Early Bay

Post by Amskeptic » Wed May 07, 2014 5:32 am

hambone wrote:P.S. from the Samba, good info:
Please, do this in sequence to prevent damage.
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