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Latch doesn’t retract fully when thumb latch is depressed

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Old 09-25-19, 02:17 PM
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Latch doesn’t retract fully when thumb latch is depressed

Are there maintenance or adjustment procedures so the latch retracts fully? Makes it difficult to open the door.
 
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Old 09-25-19, 02:22 PM
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Aside from disassembly and lubrication, it's possible the latch is getting worn. You should be able to tell if it is worn when you take it apart. Replacement latches are readily available if you need one.
 
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Old 09-25-19, 03:08 PM
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What do I do next to remove the latch? Never worked on one with the exterior thumb mechanism.
 
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Old 09-25-19, 03:54 PM
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You need to remove the screw holding the lower part of the handle on to the door, then you can remove the handle. (The screw may have a decorative cover on the head). Then you can remove the 2 screws on the door's edge to remove the latch. Once removed, you can determine whether the lack of travel is due to the latch itself or the thumb-press assembly. I suspect the latter, as most wear happens in the gear assembly where the vertical thumb-press lever is translated to a rotary motion of the latch actuating spindle. That assembly should be well-greased, including where the spindle rotates inside the latch sleeve.
 
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Old 09-25-19, 05:16 PM
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Kind of looks like a Kwikset. It will say on the latch. They are usually pretty low end residential so if it is the lever, and you cant get them to warranty it, and need to buy another... choose a better brand.
 
 

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