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Posted: 01/14/20 04:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Need some help/guidance.
FCI EF 320
Our FCI entry door lock is acting up. I seem to remember reading awhile back that others had the same issue.
PROBLEM:
When using the door handle latch... not the deadbolt
Key freely enters the tumbler
Tumbler also freely turns in both direction
BUT the latch handle does not move, staying in the lock position.
Leaving us locked out,
has anyone else had this problem? What is the fix?
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Drill the lock out and replace it; handle. lock, the whole works. If you can get inside you can take it apart and replace it. If you can't get inside, get the drill out.

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Try to find a way to get inside. If not, only option is to drill. This is why I always leave one window lock open. But, not the same one every time. I have replaced door locks twice, but have been inside both times. If you can get inside, it could still be difficult, PM me if you get inside.


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Problem is that the latch bar, made of pot metal, has snapped off and cannot be retracted by the cam. From inside, it is easy. from outside..... Get a good drill and some hard, sharp bits. Its gonna be a long day.

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They use zinc--which also may break over time.


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I would go buy a replacement unit. https://www.amazon.com/Travel-Trailer-En........2NSEP1&psc=1&refRID=JAJZ484X87MEPD2NSEP1

And study how it works before attacking the one on the trailer door. The lock in the movable handle is not the best way to lock you rig BTW. The other lock is the dead bolt, which works only with your key. The lock on the movable handle works with universal master keys that dealers have.

Study how the new one works might give you a clue how to best destroy the one on the door so that you can get in.


You also might try again with your key holding pressure up or down(one direction or the other) on the key as you turn it. I believe if I remember correctly, that the key slot is horizontal when locked and vertical when unlocked. Have you tried pushing in on the door with the key slot vertical, while trying to open the door. Maybe the latch is just under pressure on the striking plate on the door jam.

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These handles are dirt cheap on eBay. You can even get the same key number if you want. $25, 4 little screws and you're done.
I would just replace the whole thing.


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Thank you to all our RV enthusiast who responded.
Special thank you to "ME AGAIN" who suggested "Maybe the latch is just under pressure on the striking plate on the door jam."
Also found a U-Tube posting who also had the same explanation... in his case his dealer was also stumped.
PROBLEM: As noted above, "... the latch is just under pressure on the striking plate on the door jam"
RESOLUTION:
Put inward pressure on the door beside the door handle, this releases the latch pressure on the striker plate and allows the handle move freely.
Counter intuitive in that your asked to push the door inward before being able to open it outward.
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GPG52! wrote:

Thank you to all our RV enthusiast who responded.
Special thank you to "ME AGAIN" who suggested "Maybe the latch is just under pressure on the striking plate on the door jam."
Also found a U-Tube posting who also had the same explanation... in his case his dealer was also stumped.
PROBLEM: As noted above, "... the latch is just under pressure on the striking plate on the door jam"
RESOLUTION:
Put inward pressure on the door beside the door handle, this releases the latch pressure on the striker plate and allows the handle move freely.
Counter intuitive in that your asked to push the door inward before being able to open it outward.
Many thanks from CANADA !!!!
GPG52!!


Dremel tool and a small stone to open up the latch hole in the frame a wee bit. Or a small file... [emoticon]

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Thanks laknox for the feedback... I'm of two minds.
Now that we discovered the secret of the push/pull system it is a very simple fix.
However
I did notice the the inside of the door jam striker plate was a little rough to the touch. So a little smoothing may make the difference.
Regards from Canada

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