stove top regulator repair
2008 Escape 17B with a Wedgewood Vision LP Drop-In Cook-top - model DV30, regulator manufacturer part# 51062
On a trip to 100 Mile House last week, I was using all three burners to cook dinner. All of a sudden the flow of propane diminished to almost zero on all three burners. I removed the stove top cover and discovered that a plastic valve on the bottom of the stove top regulator had disengaged. I was able to jimmy rig it to work by propping it up with quarters. It looks like it is some kind of overheating safety valve. I am able to reinsert the plastic disk into the hole on the underside of the regulator as it has a serrated edge and it will work without the quarters. It won't stay on while I travel however. (There is a spring loaded plastic piece already in the open hole.) There was also a yellow plastic glob much like a miniature Hersey's chocolate kiss in the bottom of stove top cabinet. It may or may not be related. Finally to my questions:
What is the root cause of the failure?
Is the disengaging of the plastic disk a safety feature?
Is the yellow blob related?
Can a new plastic disk be purchased and where?
Do I need to purchase and install a new regulator?
Your thoughts would be appreciated? Thanks Dan