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Post by BettyStogs on Sat May 06, 2017 5:37 pm

The indicator on the toilet in my '95 Clubman is still showing full even after emptying the cassette, please does anyone know how to sort it?
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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by Gromit on Sat May 06, 2017 6:26 pm

Sorry, but I can only recommend the "old boys'" remedy - give it a good smack with the palm of your hand in case something is stuck. Not too hard though as the innards are not that robust.

Only other suggestion would be a hefty dose of descaler in case lime scale is jamming it.

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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by samleeds on Sat May 06, 2017 6:35 pm

change the battery

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Post by Gromit on Sat May 06, 2017 6:37 pm

Didn't know it had one??

Something new learned every day. up!

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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by BettyStogs on Sat May 06, 2017 8:32 pm

Where on earth is the battery??
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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by pstallwood on Sun May 07, 2017 8:35 am

Which looks is it? I have the opposite problem with the indicator always showing empty. Not really a problem though as  the Mark One Eyeball guage let's me know how much is in there.

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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by rogerblack on Sun May 07, 2017 11:13 am

You haven't said which model loo you have, so this may not be relevant to you but on ours the battery is in the outside access where the cassette is removed from. It is on the left hand side, I'm about 500 miles away from the van at them moment so can't check for sure but I think it's a couple of AA batteries in a plastic holder.   Our warning light is signalled by a light coming on, which is activated by a magnet on a float inside the cassette acting against a reed switch in the access housing near the batteries.  However this may not be relevant to yours as if the batteries failed then the full light would never operate, rather than being on permanently.

The most likely cause is the float having stuck in the upper position, either from the cassette having become overfull or possible from over-enthusiastic swilling out after emptying. In this case, Dave's (Gromit) first suggestion should do the trick, otherwise it's rubber gloves on and get in there for a feel around.

We also rely on Peter's MkI eyeball method and try to make sure it's emptied before the full light ever comes on.
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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by Gromit on Sun May 07, 2017 11:24 am

rogerblack wrote:We also rely on Peter's MkI eyeball method and try to make sure it's emptied before the full light ever comes on.
Even simpler for us Roger.

Whenever possible ours is emptied every other day, at least. Apart from getting very heavy, if the contents are allowed to "ripen" for too long in hot weather, the blue stuff can't cope and emptying it becomes a malodorous experience best avoided by the faint hearted.
I find it much better to take the cassette with me to the toilet block when I go for another reason blushes , so emptying it doesn't even need a separate journey. If I do it every other day it's still a lot lighter than Mrs Gromit's handbag! lol4

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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by Campievanner on Fri May 12, 2017 12:04 pm

Same here Dave, one of us just gingerly peeks in to see how full it is.  

On the other point, I find it can be beneficial to leave it till we get home to empty as the sloshing action of a couple of hours driving can help the contents etc. Not possible for long holidays but usually what we do for one or two nighters.
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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by bikeralw on Fri May 12, 2017 12:20 pm

I try and empty ours as often as practical, but sometimes circumstances conspire so that things tend to, er, build up.. The little red light near the flush button always amuses, the book of words state it comes on when 'Five uses till full'.
I can say from experience that this statement can be taken with a pinch of salt...
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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by boxerman on Fri May 12, 2017 12:21 pm

If the van is a 1995 the the toilet is probably similar to mine. If so, it doesn't have a battery, the indicator on the front of the bench is worked by a magnet on the float mechanism inside the cassette.

Shouldn't think its a pleasant job fixing this, and they are not that accurate anyway. I'd go for the Mk I eyeball solution if mine failed.

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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by BettyStogs on Thu Jun 01, 2017 11:26 am

Thanks everyone, vintage model so no warning lights only red/green plastic indicator thingy. Have given it a couple of thumps to no avail, perhaps a bumpy ride across the rally field this weekend will un-jam it, if not no real problem as I know it will be ok for a weekend away.
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Re: Toilet showing full

Post by boxerman on Thu Jun 01, 2017 12:15 pm

I doubt if you'll get it to work without replacing the magnet on the float mechanism. Its bumps and thumps which will have broken it in the first place.

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