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Dahon Mariner D8 Fixing Steering

Old 12-10-18, 08:12 PM
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Dahon Mariner D8 Fixing Steering

I tried to tighten handle post on my Dahon Mariner D8 tonight and I think something went wrong and that little square white plastic thing that is placed between the hinge bolt and a lever popped out. I tried to put it back on a bolt, by pushing hinge back but it doesn't go back enough to fit that part back in. I'm not sure how it even popped out.
Does anyone know what to do with it? I guess I need to undo screws of the hinge and put that white thing back on that way. But there are springs inside the hinge and I'm not sure if it's even safe to undo these screws and if I can put it all back myself after it.
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Alright, I took this metal hinge out by undoing the screws. Springs popped out as I expected, but I managed to turn it a bit and slide this plastic piece back in. Then I tucked springs back next to the bolts. So apparently when I tightened both bolts too much they pressed against this plastic part too much and prevented a hinge from moving when folding. This applied too much pressure on a plastic part and it popped off. Loosening the bolts properly and balancing them out so they are both tight but loose enought to allow hinge movement resulted in a plastic piece staying in place and folding mechanism working as it should. I'm happy I didn't break anything, hopefully nothing cracks when I commute 20 miles tomorrow haha.
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Thanks for sharing your experience. I'm certain it will help other Dahon and other folding bike owners in the future. Hopefully your commute is uneventful!
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Good job!
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