AdvancedFrame spring valve stuck

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dhazley
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AdvancedFrame spring valve stuck

Post by dhazley » Tue Jun 16, 2009 7:30 am

The spring valve on our 1-year-old AdvancedFrame kayak, in chamber 2, has recently become very difficult to twist into the pushed-out (inflate) position and then, once we do get it to that position and inflate it, to push in again and lock. We haven't previously had this problem. Last time we used the kayaks and had this problem, we just used chamber 1 to fill the large tube completely, which did work OK. Is it a bad idea to continue to do this? Is there something we can do to get this valve to cooperate, or is there a way to get a replacement? Everything else on our 2 AdvancedFrames works beautifully, and we're very pleased with these kayaks.

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Post by JCOOLEY » Tue Jun 16, 2009 8:51 am

Typically if this happens, it is because the membrane inside the tube that seperates the two chambers is pushing into the back of the valve. This is usually caused by putting too much air into chamber 1. Here are some fixes to get it to work.
1. Before beginning to inflate the kayak, make sure that both valves are in the inflate position.
2. If the valve is sticking before doing this, grab the valve in one hand and pull it away from the side of the kayak. While holding it out and away from the side, push the spring loaded plunger in with your other finger to twist it so that it pops up into the inflate position.
3. If you are still having a little difficulty, first pump air into the second chamber so that it pushes the membrane away from the valve and then you should be able to push it in and twist it.
4. You can then inflate chamber one.
Try these tricks first and if you are still having problems, please contact us directly so we can walk you through it. Whatever you do, do not use pliers or tweezers or anything to try and grab onto the plunger to free it up. 707-745-9800 or info@advancedelements.com

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Post by jamespipers » Mon Sep 13, 2010 11:28 am

Inflating is a good way to solve that problem of your valve. But I must remind you that it will not be that easy. You should follow a detailed instruction to inflate it successfully. Sorry if I can’t help you much on that matter.

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Post by dspid2404 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 1:42 pm

Regarding these spring air valves - should they be lubricated these at all?

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Post by JCOOLEY » Mon Sep 13, 2010 3:55 pm

They should not need to be lubricated.

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Post by dspid2404 » Mon Sep 13, 2010 4:16 pm

OK. Thank you.

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