I had to disassemble the forward hatch
to reseal the plexiglass. The hatch
is hinged using two pins with little tiny ball bearing looking things which apparently are supposed to be pushed out by internal springs? These little ball bearings are supposed to stick out far enough to prevent the pins from simply sliding out from that end.
Well anyway, the ball bearings are no longer sticking out far enough to prevent the pin from sliding out of the hinge mechanism. I have oiled the pin ball bearings with simple machine oil
but there is no sign that whatever the spring mechanism is still functions. The balls themselves are slightly recessed now instead of slightly extruding, and they will not move further inwards nor pop back out.
So what do I do? Are these pins a standard item that I can walk in somewhere (or call) and get a replacement for?