I have a silvia V2 with a flaking plastic grouphead cover. Bought a new grouphead cover and plan on replacing. I attempted this and stopped because it looked like I would have to remove several wires and the side plates on the machine to access the interior screws for the grouphead cover. Just do not want to perform any unnecessary work or damage. If anyone has performed this repair or knows how to access the the screws to replace the grouphead cover your advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. scott
jlhsupport Senior Member Joined: 22 Oct 2010 Posts: 85 Location: Lafayette, IN Expertise: Professional
Posted Sun Oct 31, 2010, 2:13pm Subject: Re: silvia grouphead cover replacement?
Depending on when they stamped the stainless steel, you may see the 2 screws that hold the cover in place. These used to be covered up, but Rancilio began cutting off just enough metal to expose them a few years back. If you are facing the unit from the front with the top off, they are between 4 and 5 O'clock, and between 7 and 8 O'clock at the seam of the boiler and group body.
If they are covered up, the easiest way to get at them is to remove the back panel of the machine so you can get to the 4 screws that secure the main face panel to the frame posts. The back panel is held in place by 2 screws at the top of the frame posts, and 1 beneath the water tank splash panel. You may also have to remove the splash panel. Also gently pry off the steam knob (almost any flat tool will do it) and avoid scratching the metal in the process. The top 2 screws are trick to get off: you have to go at an angle and press the screwdriver hard into them to avoid rounding out the head. Once they are off, just slide the faceplate forward to reveal the screws.
The bottom 2 are a pain to get back on because they are between the folds of the frame posts. Try a magnetic screwdriver. If those screws won't stick to the magnet, then use really long and slender needle nose pliers to hold in place while you get them started.
Needless to say, do this work only on a cool and unplugged machine.
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