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dshinnick

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Posted: 01/06/20 04:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hey all-

I removed the foot pedal from our Theford Aqua Magic 2 toilet and the spring that "powers" the foot pedal sprang out. I recovered it, and I can see exactly where it goes, but to re-install it requires that it be "wound" quite tightly as it is forced into its correct location. I worked with it for half an hour before giving up. Thetford says it can't be reinstalled, that I have to buy a whole new base. Easy for them to say. Before I spend $80 on Amazon for a new base, which has the spring pre-installed, I thought I'd run it by the geniuses here and see if anyone has a solution. I called an rv service center and apparently there is no magic tool for this, you just have to crank it around with a pair of pliers, which I couldn't do. Anyone have any success with this critter?

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If you can get by for $80 I would say go for it
Your other options don’t seem to be working out.
If it is a torsional Spring like on a garage door I can see where it would be extremely hard to do.


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Have you looked for a uTube video? You would be amazed at what you can find

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[emoticon] Hi, if a man put it together, then a man should be able to put it back together. Need to figure out how it was installed in the first place.


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Posted: 01/07/20 04:02am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Dometic 310 is the cure for your problem.
The plastic shaft that the pedal rides on is probably worn.


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ROBERTSUNRUS wrote:

[emoticon] Hi, if a man put it together, then a man should be able to put it back together. Need to figure out how it was installed in the first place.


Most likely installed by a machine, which is why it cannot be re-installed by man. $80/ free delivery/ done! Lesson learned....Dennis


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ROBERTSUNRUS wrote:

[emoticon] Hi, if a man put it together, then a man should be able to put it back together. Need to figure out how it was installed in the first place.


My guess would be special machine/tool that cost way more than $80. Toilet is essential in RV and if you can fix something essential for $80 then that's what I would recommend.


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[emoticon] Hi, since I own the same toilet, I will not be taking it apart.

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Did you get this sorted out?

My toilet doesn't always 'close' completely - it's like the spring is weak.

We've been sliding our feet off the pedal when depressed so it snaps fully closed.

I was wondering if a new ball and gasket would fix the problem or is it something deeper?

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I had the same issue last year and messed around 2 days. The Theford will tell you it can not be put back in & I watched YouTube and researched. I replaced the Theford Aqua Magic 2 with the Dometic 310. After about 9 months use I would never go back to a Theford, the 310 actually flushes the bowl all the way around. About $120 with every thing you need. I did add a shut off valve in the water supply behind the bowl.


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