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pittsbri
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Posted Tue Dec 25, 2012, 9:40am
Subject: Help. Portafilter not locking in.
 

Olympia maximatic portafilter suddenly barely fits into machine. I've cleaned out all the coffee I could find in the group under locking blades etc. I place portafilter in machine empty of grounds and when I go to lock it in it barely turns at all. Requires much effort to move it even a little. Anyone ever experience anything like this?

 
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Posted Wed Dec 26, 2012, 4:19pm
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The group gasket up inside the brewhead has come out of place, some coffeegrounds have gotten up behind it and are holding it too low.  Feel it with fingertips, try to work it out of its groove with a small, flat screwdriver (If your showerface filter has a screw in the middle, you'll want to take that screw and showerface filter out first.  If the gasketself is hard and brittle, replace it.  Clean the groove it lives in very well, get ALL of the old coffeegrounds out or they will just swell with heat, press against the new gasket and allow a small leak that will allow more damp grounds to get up there.
Sorry I don't know that machine well at all, but from the e61 style of head, I assume the gasket will be pretty standard and available from any parts place.  Take the old one with you for comparison unless anyone can confirm it's just a standard 8mm commercial gasket.
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Posted Wed Dec 26, 2012, 4:52pm
Subject: Re: Help. Portafilter not locking in.
 

SStones Said:

Sorry I don't know that machine well at all, but from the e61 style of head, I assume the gasket will be pretty standard and available from any parts place.  Take the old one with you for comparison unless anyone can confirm it's just a standard 8mm commercial gasket.

Posted December 26, 2012 link

If its an Olympia maximatic, then it is not an E61 group and not a standard E61 gasket.  
I like using Orphan Espresso for parts for my Olympia machine   >LINK Here<

 
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 8:45pm
Subject: Re: Help. Portafilter not locking in.
 

Thanks for the help. I removed the shower screen and group gasket. I didn't actually find much in there but some small residue. I cleaned everything and put all the parts back together and so far the portafilter seems to be fitting as easily as when i first got the machine. Getting the machine hot now to see if the fix holds.The condition seemed to be worst when the machine was hot. Fingers crossed....will advise. BTW I LOVE this machine.

 
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Posted Sat Dec 29, 2012, 9:33pm
Subject: Re: Help. Portafilter not locking in.
 

SStones Said:

... I don't know that machine well at all, but from the e61 style of head, I assume the gasket will be pretty standard and available from any parts place.  Take the old one with you for comparison unless anyone can confirm it's just a standard 8mm commercial gasket.

Posted December 26, 2012 link

It isn't indeed. The Olympia Express Maximatic is Swiss made and advertised as the smallest HX machine in the world. It's a thermosyphon brew head but not E61, and the portafilter is smaller than the standard 58 mm baskets. Spare parts are best to be had from the manufacturer.

pittsbri Said:

... BTW I LOVE this machine.

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I can understand why. It's a very nice little machine, capable of brewing great espresso like its larger HX cousins.

 
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Posted Sun Dec 30, 2012, 3:23pm
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Glad to report portafilter insertion into group is easy breezy now. Even when machine is quite hot. Gasket wasn't hard or brittle at all. I think i'll order another one anyway for when the time comes.
This machine is weird. Having it in my life makes me feel like I'm living right or something. Thanks for the help all. Onward and upward!

 
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