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Old 08-20-2016, 07:30 PM   #1
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'01 Kountry Aire- Kwikee steps

Have read that these connectors on the Kwikee steps like to act up. My steps wouldn't retract, fiddled with all the switches/connectors and they worked about 6x before deciding not to retract again. Bought new connectors which I will wire in and encase in water tight heat shrink, since they are prone to all kinds of road grime (although my coach never left the garage after fiddling with the switches and connectors). Any other suggestions? When they work, they work fine... don't think it's the motor.

Thanks for the help...

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Old 08-20-2016, 07:42 PM   #2
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You might want to buy some "Electrical Contact Cleaner" (plastic safe) and take the connector apart and spray both the male and the female portions with several sprays. This will remove the corrosion from the contact and give you a good connection. Next, put DIELECTRIC grease liberally on/in the contacts to keep moisture/dirt/crud out of the connections. NOW, seal it up with shrink sleeving and you should have an end to your issues.
Most 12V issues are poor grounds so rework the ground wire for the steps simply as a insurance measure.

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Old 08-23-2016, 05:50 PM   #3
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to wrap up the thread:

checked the wires first, all plugs working. in my 01' KA there are two wires coming from the solenoid, red and yellow- these are hot relative to the door being closed or opened, as they reverse the motor when hot.

pulled cover off motor. oring was not in the right position, and evidence of corrosion (rust) on the motor. WD40'd the works after checking all connections. hooked the steps back up, nothing. in frustration i tagged the motor housing with my wrench and voila- they came on. worked 5x before quitting, so tagged the housing again and so far the steps are working.

still will replace with new motor unit, as I don't feel like climbing underneath with a hammer each time the motor decides to act up.

SIDE NOTE- if you happen to pull the pin on the steps where it attaches to the arm of the motor, and have a difficult time getting the pin back thru, a 1/2" socket will remove the cams that control the travel length of the steps. this will allow the steps to be pushed a bit further out, the pin will go thru easily, and the cams can be easily reinstalled.
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