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Old 06-07-2021, 08:55 AM
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I have started getting false "Door open" indications on my PFD. The problem was traced to the reed switch magnets which are very weak. I had already purchased a new door switch kit from Vans which came with new, much stronger magnets, magnets. Has anyone changed the magnets in the door pins and how did you remove the old magnets?

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May be a pain to dig them out of the pins.. maybe consider making a mechanical switch instead. Probably a couple of bucks at digikey. Just need to make an adjustable holder.
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Old 06-08-2021, 08:25 AM
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Yes Larry, that (the mechanical switch) is what we plan to do. I was hoping to not have to reinvent the wheel, but those magnets are epoxied in. You can't drill them (at least not easily).

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Another option is to buy these pins from IFLYRV10:
https://iflyrv10.com/index.html

You thread the door latch rod to receive these pins.

Make sure you order the pins that have the magnets already in them.

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Thanks Carl, I'll check to see if I already have those installed. The strike plates are there, so maybe the builder installed the kit. Otherwise, I doubt I'll try to install them on my finished door.

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Another option for pins: https://planearound.com/shop/ols/pro...rin-pin-guides (they fit the cylindrical magnet that comes from Vans btw)
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We ended up replacing the magnetic switches with mechanical switches and so far they are working great! Bruce Hill found them on Mouser and he used some double-sided mounting tape to install them. I'm pretty sure it's the same stuff as "servo tape" that I used to use on RC aircraft.

Thanks Bruce!

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We ended up replacing the magnetic switches with mechanical switches and so far they are working great! Bruce Hill found them on Mouser and he used some double-sided mounting tape to install them. I'm pretty sure it's the same stuff as "servo tape" that I used to use on RC aircraft.

Thanks Bruce!

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Do you have a specific make and model of the mechanical switch you used?
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Do you have a specific make and model of the mechanical switch you used?
Sorry I don't have that on hand but I will get it for you. I'll also take a pic of the front switch. I do know that Bruce bought a "left" and "right" (or fore and aft) switch for the different positions. Stand by.

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Do you have a specific make and model of the mechanical switch you used?
https://www.mouser.com/ProductDetail...rrencycode=USD
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