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 Post subject: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 7:25 pm 
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Have you ever had any issues with the circular hatches sticking? I can't remember ever seeing a tread about the O ring seals sticking or becoming so tacky that the catch handle could perhaps break. It may be just me that has the issue ??
It got the better of me so after trailing multiple household lubes I have found that the best by far is car Tyre Shine ( or translation for our US members, Tire Shine ). Slippery as hell, cheap as chips, compatible with rubber and plastic and still seals perfectly without any excess residue.

Give it a go !

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 Post subject: Re: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:50 am 
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Slaughter wrote:
Have you ever had any issues with the circular hatches sticking? I can't remember ever seeing a tread about the O ring seals sticking or becoming so tacky that the catch handle could perhaps break. It may be just me that has the issue ??


Thanks for the tip Russ.
I had the same problem on my front seat TI hatch. Got to the point where I was reluctant to put anything in that hatch.
Mentioned it to James at HWS and he swapped it out and greased the others with silicon grease. Only used the TI twice since but so far so good.
If the problem comes back I'll try your solution.


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 Post subject: Re: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:55 am 
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No problems paranoid. Do you come up to Lake Mac very often ?

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 Post subject: Re: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:44 am 
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We've only managed one day on Lake Mac so far but intend to do more.
Would be great to meet up with you there sometime.


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 Post subject: Re: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 6:31 am 
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Been dealing with this for a couple of years on my ‘14 TI. I have the O-rings out right now to clean them. Sand and saltwater hasn’t helped. After doing some reading I settled on a few silicone based lubricants. Tire shine sounds brilliant - I will give that a try. Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 2:51 pm 
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Slaughter wrote:
Have you ever had any issues with the circular hatches sticking?...
It got the better of me so after trailing multiple household lubes I have found that the best by far is car Tyre Shine ( or translation for our US members, Tire Shine ).

Great hearing from you again mate and thanks for the heads up.
Getting the right silicon lube that doesn’t wreck the O-rings (I understand the propellant is the problem) can be tricky.

If, after cleaning and lubing, the hatches are still tight then the O-ring has probably stretched. You can buy a new one for AUD$10 or get some quality instant super glue like Loctite 406 and cut a small section out of the O-Ring then rejoin it.


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 Post subject: Re: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:31 pm 
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Paranoid - Yep mate, keep in touch when you are next planning a trip this way and would certainly be up for an outing.

Totch - The penny dropped for me when I was walking around the garage and slipped on a mat. My son had tyre shined his car on top of the mat. It's incredibly slippery stuff. Still don't know how long it will stay on though.

Stringy - Yeah mate, back on deck. You know how it is. I think my O rings have stretched so if I have any further issues I give the 'cut and paste' method a go. Cheers.

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 Post subject: Re: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2018 4:36 am 
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Some household products may cause the O-Ring to swell and make the sticking problem worse.

I have tried using plumbers silicone lube. It works well but I abandoned it because of the tendency of any grease to pick up dirt, sand etc. in a dirty environment.

WD-40 has a new water resistant silicone lube in a spray can I have tried on other things around the house like outdoor padlocks. It works so well I'm tempted to try it on the hatch O-rings this summer.

Currently I'm using 303 aerospace protectant on both the O-Ring and the hatch inner surface and It seems to work well. It's probably similar to Tyre,Tyre,Rounds protectants like ArmorAll.

Another issue I've had with these O-rings it rolling or twisting them during install. I seem to remember they are a little elliptical and if not installed correctly they cause difficult closing and leaks.

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 Post subject: Re: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 7:07 am 
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These o-rings are certainly an issue. My Oasis is 5 years old and for the last year you couldn't actually close the hatches without pounding on them. I have tried petroleum jelly (no good) and other water-proof greases (no good). Finally cut out two inches, super-glued them together andsprayed them with silicon--working fine so far!


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 Post subject: Re: Hatch O Rings
PostPosted: Thu Jul 12, 2018 11:23 am 
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Petroleum lubes will ruin the O-Rings. It makes the rubber expand and get tacky.

A dry silicone is what we recommend. A spray around the o-ring ring and into the seal cylinder makes for smooth / easy hatch closing.

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