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Old 11-12-2008, 11:31 AM   #1
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I have two sheet metal screws located under the exterior trim strip on my living room slide-out that are backing out about 1/2 inch. This is a vertical trim strip that extends from the top to the bottom of the slide-out. The trim strip is in a channel, so it has to be slid to the top or bottom. Two accessible (almost) sheet metal screws at the very top and bottom of the strip hold it in place. However, the top sheet metal screw is under the slide-out awning bracket rod, making it nearly impossible to remove. The two errant screws are causing the trim strip to bulge in the area where they are backing out. Anyone else with a 04 Meridian or Journey had this problem?
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I have two sheet metal screws located under the exterior trim strip on my living room slide-out that are backing out about 1/2 inch. This is a vertical trim strip that extends from the top to the bottom of the slide-out. The trim strip is in a channel, so it has to be slid to the top or bottom. Two accessible (almost) sheet metal screws at the very top and bottom of the strip hold it in place. However, the top sheet metal screw is under the slide-out awning bracket rod, making it nearly impossible to remove. The two errant screws are causing the trim strip to bulge in the area where they are backing out. Anyone else with a 04 Meridian or Journey had this problem?
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:04 PM   #3
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Have had same problem on my o1 fixed by drilling a new hole over about 3/4 inch and filled old hole with sealer. New screws have not backed out in 50k miles so think factory strips them when they put the screws in using air tools.
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I've had this problem for a few years now. I remove or loosen the trim strip and remove the screw, fill the hole and coat the screw with silicone or other adhesive. I have not had those back out again.
It happens on the slide trim and other areas the use the same strips. Just another assembly area that Winnie could improve on.
A note of caution. I had the rear cap strip blow out after a repair as I didn't add a bead of silicone after the repair. Winnie uses sticky tape for the trim so a light smear of adhesive is advisable.
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I've got a few missing or loose (per the DW). Could you spare some?
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by autofish:
Have had same problem on my o1 fixed by drilling a new hole over about 3/4 inch and filled old hole with sealer. New screws have not backed out in 50k miles so think factory strips them when they put the screws in using air tools. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I tried to tap the screws back in with a block of soft wood and a hammer, but they won't budge. If they are stripped they are still holding good.
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