I have a zanussi (I think it's a FL 413) and the door latch has broken (the plastic handle has cracked) but my clothes are stuck inside! Is there a way to get them out in the meantime before I have the latch/handle replaced? (I've taken the lid off and fished around, but to no avail)Please help!
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Re: Door latch broken, clothes stuck inside!!
Not that easy. best way to try is to chew away as much of the handle as possible till the door peg is in view then prise open with a small screwdriver. you can sometimes reach down the inside the machine from the top and feel for the tip of the peg and do it that way
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You need to get inside the vehicle and remove the trim around the top of the window, It is 3 pieces. You also need to remove the plastic door panel. To do that you need to remove the internal handle and any other items attached to the door/panel. the internal handle snapped opened by a screw driver then a socket needs to be used to take the bolt out of the handle. When this is done I took a hooked tool like a radiator hose tool and slipped it at around the edges to pull the plastic plugs out until the cover pulls free from the bottom. Make sure you save all of them if any fall off of the cover. Then you slide it up out of the window crack to remove it. You may find a video of all of this if you search for it with your year of vehicle or ones around the same year. You can then remove the metal center cover its about 8 bolts and a few plastic snaps. Once you open the back you will find the latch broke or a cable came loose. I have had both happen. If the latch is broken buy the metal one for the Tundra it will last the life of the vehicle (the one for the Sequoia is plastic on most years?). You can also buy the cable and the bottom latch on line I would replace all 3 and you should be good for 5 to 10 years again. I did the door handle then the latch and cable later. Let me know if you get stuck anywhere.
can you open from the inside, its the only way you going to get to sort this, failing that you may need to get a new door card and rip the one off the door at the top corner near to the lock latch and split the plastic and pull the door pin inside to open then take the door card off. sometimes you can do it with out braking the door card but would not say it will not brake. inside there is a plastic clip that the handle go's on then another bar to the lock. this is designed to snap if some one trys to open the door with force.failing that the handle part can snap where the bar fits to it. that you would need to change the handle.
Open leverCheck your
microwave lever to determine if it is damaged. If it is broken, simply
replace the lever to get your microwave door fully functional again.
for keeping downward pressure on the door hook, the microwave door
spring can begin to malfunction. If this part is broken and prevents you
from opening your microwave door, replacement is necessary.
Door latchOne reason
your microwave door may not open properly is a broken door latch.
Located inside the microwave, the door latch manipulates the door hook
to keep the door closed for safety and top performance. If broken, the
door could become stuck in the locked position.
Door hookIf your
microwave door will not release properly, the door hook could be
damaged. Located inside the door, the door hook is made of plastic and
prone to breakage with extended use or age. As this part is unable to be
repaired, the only option is to replace it.
Button or button springIf
the microwave door will not open, it could be an internal failure of
the button or button spring. If it is determined that either of these
parts is the source, both are replaceable and it is recommended that
they be installed at the same time.
Handle actuatorIf the
microwave door will not open the plastic handle actuator could be
broken. Connected between the door button and the door latch assembly,
this plastic part could become damaged and brittle over time, which
makes breaking inevitable. If this occurs, replace the handle actuator
to get your microwave fully functional again.
Some machines do this when the power is cut, there should be what looks like a screw heat on the front of the handle which will allow you to unlock the door and open it. If there is still water inside you will need to empty the machine first. There is usually a hatch at the bottom of the unit, open this hatch and you will find a cap to unscrew, unscrewing this cap will empty the contents of the machine onto your floor so be prepared!!!!!
Remoove plug from socket, then remove top from machine I think on this model you will need to remove the small caps on side of the top. Then there are 2 screws to remove this will allow the lid to be removed. then you can normally reach inside to release the door.
More likel that the door latch or handle is broken.
Only way to open door now is to remove the top cover and force the door lock open from inside, you may possibly break the lock by doing this, but there is really no other alternative.
Unfortunately, the Maytag quiet series models have plastic latch handles that are prone to crack after time.
You should be able to order a replacement handle through a distribtor.
If you can, unlatch/open the door. Using a star screwdriver, unscrew all the screws on the inside of the door frame.
Once all the screws are removed you should be able to separate the inside of the door from the latch assembly.
From there you'll need to squeeze the latch handle together and replace it in. I'll warn you that it feels like you have to squeeze the thing so hard you might break/crack it on your own. It is a hard/tight fit if I remember correctly.
One last thing you may want to do to is check the food grinder in the middle of the washer. Sometimes the cracked pieces of the latch can end up there stuck in the grinder causing it to be louder than it should.
Ford had a problem with the door handles not working properly. They are cheap plastic. If the exterior door handle is broken, you will need to drill out the rivets that hold it in, and then get the door open and the panel off. You have to disconnect the rod going to it. Then, remove the handle. If you don't want to drill again, I suggest replacing the rivets with a bolt and nut easily obtainable at your hardware store. I've found that a M7 bolt works very well. If you are having a problem with the interior door handle, it's the same problem. Remember to check your door latch because if your exterior handle is broken, then your latch isn't working properly. I got one at Ford for about 40 bucks.