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Old 09-27-2018, 10:41 PM   #1
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Stove Vent Flap

My stove vent flap broke and came out. When I looked up the replacement part I could see it has lil cheap plastic tabs that go into holes at the top of the vent cover. These are what broke and will keep breaking, so I did a permanent cheap fix.
Ace had a 5pack of 1.5mm brass rods for $2 that were perfect for this repair. I JB Welded the brass rod across the top of the vent flap and let cure. (see pic) Painted the flap with Krylon and after dry trimmed the new brass tabs to correct length and reinserted the flap into the vent cover. Worked like new on trip this week and no more plastic tabs to break off.
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Old 09-27-2018, 11:52 PM   #2
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Good fix, Greg! Our tabs broke after 18 months as well. I can’t believe how flimsy the original tabs are. I haven’t fixed ours yet, but may now with your solution.
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Old 09-28-2018, 12:26 AM   #3
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We had the same tab breakage. Temporary fix was to take a piece of wire, heat it, then melt it into the flap. This thread has reminded me to do a permanent repair (it's been a year!)
Think I'll borrow your solution, Greg. Thanks.
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I'm going to try that fix (modified) as a repair the next time one of the little tabs on the door for the sewer hose carrier breaks...
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Old 09-28-2018, 02:26 PM   #5
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JB Weld!

Almost as useful as baling wire and duct tape. And this is an excellent application. Mine is working fine for the moment, but good to know there's a relatively simple fix available. Thanks for sharing.

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do you guys secure the flap with the little latches when traveling? I've not done that but wondered if I should....
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My stove vent flap broke and came out. When I looked up the replacement part I could see it has lil cheap plastic tabs that go into holes at the top of the vent cover. These are what broke and will keep breaking, so I did a permanent cheap fix.
Ace had a 5pack of 1.5mm brass rods for $2 that were perfect for this repair. I JB Welded the brass rod across the top of the vent flap and let cure. (see pic) Painted the flap with Krylon and after dry trimmed the new brass tabs to correct length and reinserted the flap into the vent cover. Worked like new on trip this week and no more plastic tabs to break off.
Innovative fix Greg. I have a different problem, my vent flap broke and went AWOL. Could you provide a link to the replacement please? I have a 2015 17B so I assume Escape used the same part on all 2015's. Thanks!
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Old 09-28-2018, 03:42 PM   #8
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I know this thread is a little old. But my flap flew off somewhere and since I was still under the Escape warranty they sent me one no charge. I find that those little latches are kinda loose so they don't really secure it very tight. I currently have a piece of tape holding it so I do like your solution Greg. I was considering a piece of foam that could slide up in there to hold it, but I'm afraid it would blow out on the freeway.
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I know this thread is a little old. But my flap flew off somewhere and since I was still under the Escape warranty they sent me one no charge. I find that those little latches are kinda loose so they don't really secure it very tight. I currently have a piece of tape holding it so I do like your solution Greg. I was considering a piece of foam that could slide up in there to hold it, but I'm afraid it would blow out on the freeway.
I have yet to fix my missing flap. I cut a small diameter pool noodle the same width as the vent. Works great and adds a bit of insulation to the vent. No worries about it flying out.
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