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W1409 model, I need a diagram on how to put the tension knob parts back on

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You can google, tias, relics and they have a service manual for White & dometic generic and it would help you. It costs $21. but maybe a better way would be to go to and buy the part for $19. with the directions, and they will be able to tell you how to do it. It must have had a problem to begin with, so it may not work if you get it back on. Good luck, but I think I would opt for the new part, if it were me.

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