Re: Working Solution for LC RT Right Lower Panel Mid-section Coming Out
Hahaha . . . . you guys missed the hint that I gave to Tom (Oldspice), in another thread! It is very simple, but undocumented, to make that rubber grommet retains the plastic pin the way that it was intended to do. When you put back that panel, what you should do is line up the screw holes and get the panel in position. Then, insert the plastic pin into the bushing (forget the screws for now), and then gently pull back. If the pin pulls out easily, then all that you need to do is rotate the rubber bushing in it's holding bracket by some amount, and try again. This time the rubber grommet should resist the pin from pulling out! If so, then you can put in the two screws, fasten everything down, and you are all done! The panel will stay secured.
Why? Take a look at the plastic pin. It has 2 ribs that is supposed to provide interference to the round hole of the rubber grommet. Take a look at the rubber grommet. It has 2 cuts in the skirt, probably to make it easily installable in the round drilled hole of the sheet metal bracket. IF the fins on the plastic pin lines up with these slits, you can surely see that the retention will be quite impossible! So, you turn the rubber grommet and make sure that they don't coincide!
Yes, I also grease all of these type of connections with general purpose silicone grease that plumbers use for o-rings. Readily available in any hardware stores (in the US anyway). You should NOT use any petroleum based products on rubber, or elastomers.
PS: BakerBoy got the idea, but if it doesn't hold enough, just turn the grommet a little more.
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