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Old 01-22-2018, 10:19 AM   #1
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Broken cable on Thetford foot flush toilet

Hi RV repair expert-friends,

The cable on our foot-flush toilet broke. There is a little ball that goes through the foot pedal that secures the cable to the pedal. The ball broke off. We can still flush by hand (with some effort) by reaching around the back but I need to replace the cable.

Has anyone done this? I can see how to take the toilet out. I'm just wondering how complicated it is to get a new cable and install it.

Thanks!
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Hi RV repair expert-friends,

The cable on our foot-flush toilet broke. There is a little ball that goes through the foot pedal that secures the cable to the pedal. The ball broke off. We can still flush by hand (with some effort) by reaching around the back but I need to replace the cable.

Has anyone done this? I can see how to take the toilet out. I'm just wondering how complicated it is to get a new cable and install it.

Thanks!
That sounds like a bit of a PITA to replace. I've seen the replacement cable kits online for around $20. Here's what I think is the right pdf showing how it's replaced. You do have to pull the toilet of course.

http://www.thetford.com/wp-content/u...edal-Cable.pdf
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Thanks for this. Super-helpful! PITA for sure! Looks like I can do it if I have to. We're within the two year window. I wonder if it's covered? I have a call in to Escape to find out. Here's hoping.

It sure is a wimpy design. Looks like breakage is inevitable.
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I always thought that the foot flush feature would be prone to issues since one has to stand on one foot to operate and foot pressure is a lot harder to perceive than hand pressure.
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Joe , the owner of our local RV shop contends that many people release the foot valve after use and allow it to slam into the upper position . This slamming supposedly puts strain on the valve and cable.
Whether this is fact I do not know but it sounds highly plausable
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Makes sense. When I think of my big foot smashing that pedal and see the tiny little cable it's no wonder it breaks. And allowing it to pop back into place would indeed put a lot of stress on it.
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Makes sense. When I think of my big foot smashing that pedal and see the tiny little cable it's no wonder it breaks. And allowing it to pop back into place would indeed put a lot of stress on it.
So it's between getting close to barf position to use the hand lever or now that I'm aware of it being a bit gentler with the foot lever.
I'll be gentle.
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I'm not sure which part to get. We have model 31650. It has balls on each end. The ball on the foot pedal is the one that came off.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

OR

https://www.amazon.com/Thetford-3171...thetform+cable

The manual says its a 31711. But our cable has (had) balls on both ends. Hopefully I'll hear from Escape about it. Anyone out there know which is right?

UPDATE: AHA!

Looks like I need part #2. The ball end that broke off becomes a retainer collar with a set screw in the replacement kit.
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I'm not sure which part to get. We have model 31650. It has balls on each end. The ball on the foot pedal is the one that came off.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...KIKX0DER&psc=1

OR

https://www.amazon.com/Thetford-3171...thetform+cable

The manual says its a 31711. But our cable has (had) balls on both ends. Hopefully I'll hear from Escape about it. Anyone out there know which is right?

UPDATE: AHA!

Looks like I need part #2. The ball end that broke off becomes a retainer collar with a set screw in the replacement kit.
Reading the remarks on the second one says odds are high that if the cable was broke the cable sheath is damaged so they recommended getting the first one.
But looking at the diagram the second one is easy to install.
I do not envy you.
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To bad it broke off and not just slip off or you could use something like this.
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