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We have a tecma RV (Holiday Rambler) toilet that makes a grinding noise and won't flush. The water keeps filling when you depress the button but won't flush til we turn the water supply off and then depress the buttons over and over and over. It will gradually go out and when it is almost empty it sucks it out.

Posted by kfgipper on Aug 19, 2010

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We have a tecma RV (Holiday Rambler) toilet that makes a grinding noise and won't flush. The water keeps filling when you depress the button but won't flush til we turn the water supply off and then depress the buttons over and over and over. It will gradually go out and when it is almost empty it sucks it out.


Hi,There is likely a problem with the toilet inlet water valve. The most common is called a "ball valve." Either the valve is leaking or it is not closing completely, possibly as a result of the flush mechanism binding. Activate the flush mechanism several times and make sure it is not binding or sticking. Be sure it has freedom of movement and returns to its fully closed position. If you can, reach behind the toilet to where the flush linkage connects to the water valve and manipulate the mechanism directly attached to the valve. If you are able to feel extra movement then the valve is probably not fully closing. It could be partially blocked by mineral contaminants in the fresh water. It's actually better to remove the toilet from the coach in order to gain full access to the mechanism and water inlet valve. If the flush mechanism is not binding and the water valve appears to be fully closing, then it is likely leaking internally and you can simply replace the entire water valve. Replacement parts are conveniently available for most all RV toilets at any RV parts store.Good Luck!!Thanks!!
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I hAVE A TECMA RV TOILET THAT IS NOT FLUSHING. WHEN YOU PRESS THE PAD FOR WATER SAVER FLUSH, THE WATER DOES NOT GO OUT AND MORE WATER ENTERS THE TOILET. IT HAS OVERFLOWED SEVERAL TIMES. WHEN YOU DEPRESS BOTH BUTTONS TO LOWER THE WATER IN THE BOWL ONLY SMALL PORTIONS ARE RELEASED. IT TAKES SEVERAL HOURS REPEATEDLY DEPRESSING BOTH BUTTONS TO GET THE WATER BACK DOWN TO NORMAL. HOW DO YOU GET TO THE MAINTENANCE MODE TO MAKE THE TOILET CYCLE THROUGH, RELEASING ALL WATER AND FLUSHING. I'M ON VACATION IN BRANSON MISSOURI WITH 4 PEOPLE IN THE RV. ANY HELP OUT THERE AT THIS LATE HOUR.


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