Sentry 3100 inner door panel removal to lubricate mechanism
I have a Sentry 3100 that was placed in the basement for 10 years. I can open and close it, but the dial is not smooth turning, but kind of notchy... I'd like to remove the inner plastic panel and see if I can lubricate the mechanism, but don't know if I can.... anyone have any information about removing the panel, or lubricating the dial and inner parts?
Re: Sentry 3100 inner door panel removal to lubricate...
I found the owner's manual and after reading it, it said there was a screw I could remove and pop off the panel. I found the screw in an indented area, removed it, but the cover would not just pop off. There is one tab on the left side and one on the right side I had to pry with a screwdriver, and then it did come off... turns out there was no rust inside. I think it is built out of pot metal castings for the most part which won't rust... there are a few steel disks there, and I lightly oiled them....
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while holding the door handle up to open try to separate the fingers in the door latch if they wont separate.. the rods inside the door may have broken loose from the mechanism..this requires removal of the inner door panel to look at..
Hi chance are the mechanism inside door jamming. Short of forcing off the inner panel in order to clean lubricate etc I find the best way to get this open is to get someone to keep activating your central locking open and shut while you simply keep trying the door handle at the same time and this can some times just catch the latch in just the right position to get the door open ( you dont need to forcefully be pulling on the handle as the latch will either simply click over on the fine spring latch mechanism or not force is not going to help).
Once and if you manage to get door open take off the inner door card panel and oil lubricate mechanism. rather than then shut door simply use a screw driver on latch to test and worth then working back and forth. If still jamming replace latch.
Here's something that might help you. Look at the door theres a little hook that grabs the striker on car, hold the door handle "open" and move the hook to the open position try to close the door.
That should solve your problem.
Hope that helps you.
Before you take the inner door panel apart try to spray an oil like WD40 into the door latch mechanism & Open & close many times. The return spring for the latch has stuck and it needs some waking up. Getting then inner panel off does not help that much in access.
if it is open already... Take off the plastic inside cover. lock the door "WITH IT OPEN " . turn it several times to the right then watch the inside most slot line up. Write that # down. Turn it to the left past that number and continue on till the middle slot lines up to the inner most slot. Write that # down. Then turn to the right until the outer most slot in the last disk lines up to the other two and write that # down.... Then OPEN the door. Now you put the combination where you wont love it hopefully. This will only work if the safe is locked open. Hope it helps.
I have had this on both of my front doors. What happens is that the door opening mechanism has rusted on you. It is like if you were holding the inner door handle open. The door won't unlock then, and the key won't go all the way on the outside. I have had to remove my door panels (NOT easy with the door closed...) and lubricate heavily the mechanism. Then the cable for the door handle went back in place.
You might be lucky and be able to get the door open by pushing the handle cable back in and it might release the mechanism, and then you will be able to open the door and remove the panel easily.
I believe that the problem lies with the seal for the window that can channel water to drip directly onto the mechanism. You will see it once the door panel is removed and you take the plastic off.
the inner door lock assembly.unscrew door handle window winder handle and unscrew lock knob.door panel should be held on by plastic push on plugs,pull off from the bottom up ,remove screws, if any. When plugs have been seperated lift panel upwards to clear top of inner door panel.Undo inner door handle and release from lock joiner rod.close to the inner door handle is a plastic rod link should be white rotate outer part until its released.the door lock<key>has a plate holding it to the door remove it and remove the lock from the rod.Remove outr door handle and remove from the rod At the bottom of the door is a bolt holding the window channel,remove the channel by unbolting,pull back window rubber and wiggle steel channel down until it slides out so the inner lock can be accessed.Remove the three large screws holding the outer door lock.it should be able to be removed. place the locks next to each other so you dont mix up the rods when you swap them over.assembly is the reverse order wind the window all the way up before you start.