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Old 11-07-2009, 05:47 PM   #1
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awning cam lock

The cam lock on my A&E awning stopped working the other day. Has anyone had any experience in repairing a cam lock? Just wondering what would need to go about this repair. thanks

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I'm sure someone will come along with a proper answer. I have heard that those springs are pretty powerful and can take a finger, or hurt real bad.

How is the knee recovering?

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I had problem with my cam lock and I had to tap on it to get it to lock. I used WD40 and sprayed in holes next to lock and it fixed my problem.
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Old 11-08-2009, 03:32 PM   #4
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thanks Wayne & Lyncjim. I am trying the wd-40 to start with. Wayne, nice surprise seeing you here! I'm not the one with knee problem. Heck Wayne I'm just 68 yrs young to dang young to be getting any problems! lol
thanks again guys
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This particular torsion assy is for an 8500 A&E. PPL also has other make parts. It comes to you pre loaded with a pin in it. Remove old and install new. Be carefull!! they have a LOT of pressure on the spring. 15 turns for mine. If it gets loose it will do you wrist a lot of damage.


Link did not work but you can drill down to the torsion assy you need.


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Old 11-20-2009, 07:59 PM   #6
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WD40 is not a lubricant, it is a water-displacing solution, which turns to a gummy, sticky coating when dry,and it is flammable until dry.. I use spray grease with the plastic tube to get grease into the spring and cam-lock mechanism once a year.
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If you can't pull the awning out because you can't release the lock....
disconnect the foot of the arm that goes up to the side with the lock...
Tilt it out and up and pull the lever down with the rod.


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