So here's the run down, I purchased a rework/soldering iron station off eBay years ago. Believe it's a cheap Chinese knock off labeled CE 852D+
Recently the heater element for soldering iron went bad. Bought what I thought would be an exact replacement but it was slightly longer. Original on top
Tried installing and this was the result
I tested it and it seems to work fine in terms of heating up and detecting the temp setting. I'm wondering if I alter the little indents on the bottom that seat into the soldering iron PCB so it recesses just enough to fit flush, if it would be safe to use?
I also noticed writing on the iron handle that faded and all I can make out is "907" and the last letter I think was an "A"
Should I be looking for a heater element for a 907A instead of the station 852D+?