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Old 09-03-2014, 06:25 PM   #1
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Kwikee Step Linkage broken 98 Discovery

My entrance steps broke last weekend on my 98 Discovery. It appears that the linkage arm has come off of the motor arm. (See pic) The motor still works and runs as normal. If I (carefully) reattach and hold the arm onto the motor's "ball" joint, the steps move in and out as expected.

The problem is, the arm will not stay attached. It just falls off. I don't see a way to fasten it. Something must have sheared inside the end of the linkage arm that goes over the "ball" on the actuator.

Do I need a new part? Ideas on where I can find one, if so?

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Old 09-03-2014, 11:57 PM   #2
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Kwikee Steps - Power Gear

I'll check under my coach tomorrow , the broken cover retainer bolt may have some thing to do with it. But it's been over a year since I had one apart and I can't remember.

EDIT: According to my parts sheet, the " drive link shaft " is broken, it comes as an assembly, from the square drive where it exits the gear box , complete to the attachment to the steps, p/n 909534 for my vintage of steps.

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Old 09-06-2014, 08:09 PM   #3
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Quickee uses pot metal in there linkage. It is the worst crap man ever invented. This is a common problem. You can buy a new linkage assy. You do not have to replace everything. Check online or order from any RV dealer.
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Old 09-18-2014, 09:35 PM   #4
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Update: Steps repaired

I was able to find a linkage kit at Camping World. Simple replacement. Good as new.
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Old 01-07-2015, 08:45 AM   #5
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Kwikee Step Series 42 Mechanical Linkage

I think that my mechanical linkage has been reassembled incorrectly. There are three interlocking flat metal bars that fold to retract the step. Two of these bars are removable and they have unique bends, and they have copper ring inserts and spacers that could install with either side up. I have been looking for an exploded assembly diagram, but cannot find one on-line, I've found the manual which does not include information about how to assemble this linkage. Dummy disclosure, the first time the step motor failed, I had to disassemble it in a parking lot to get the step in, and sure enough, have never been sure how it was supposed to go together.
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