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KJ Classic II Latch Not Functioning Properly


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When I got the KJ, the lid would close easily using one hand. As the catch on the lid hit against the latch, the latch would smoothly back out of the way until the lid was closed enough for the catch to hook under the latch.  But halfway through my first smoke, that quit working.  Now, the catch just bangs against the top of the latch, and the latch doesn't move.  So, I have to push the button on the latch until it's out of the way and then lower the lid before releasing the latch so that the lid will hook and stay closed.


Is there any adjustment for this, or should I contact Kamado Joe?  Any help would be much appreciated!

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My issues I believe are ring expansion.  In the middle of my cook with $100 worth of meat I could not open it.  Allen wrench did not fix it, so I adjusted the dome bands.  It worked.  But I am noticing a developing dome alignment issues.  Same thing that I had with my Egg.  I am getting concerned.   

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