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Old 09-11-2009, 11:39 AM   #1
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Kwikee Steps

Recently my steps failed to operate on my Tiffin Phaeton. Service suggested hitting the motor with a hammer but that did not help. Tiffin sent a new motor. After I changed it, I took the old one apart and found the design failure in the Kwickee design. It is easy to fix and will save you from buying a new step motor.
The Kwickee motor has some play and the commutator can move up and wear the plastic brush holder causing the brushes to stick away from the commutator and the motor will not run. If you remove the motor and carefully lift off the plastic brush holder, you can carefully use a pen knife to remove the interfering plastic. Once you seee that the brushes are free and move smoothly, carefully replace the brush holder on the motor can (take exreme care in holding the brushes bach as you slide the holder down over the commutator) and reassemble the motor to the step acutator. You should be good for another year or so of operation.
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Boy this is just what I was looking for. My motor went out this week. At first I removed the pin which rotates to lift the steps so at least I could get on the highway. Now I can tackle the motor. Thanks!!!
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I have been told that with a little research one can find that this step motor is the same motor used in the power windows of the 1985 to 1999 Ford Taurus. Sold at Advance Auto parts for around $30. As opposed to Kwikee price of $207.00
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Turned my motor on yesterday and the steps retracted, the motor is working again.
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I have been told that with a little research one can find that this step motor is the same motor used in the power windows of the 1985 to 1999 Ford Taurus. Sold at Advance Auto parts for around $30. As opposed to Kwikee price of $207.00
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You are kinda right. Kwikee has used 6 different power window motors that I know of. The ones that they have been useing since 2004 are AM equipment brand.
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SKIPUT, let me welcome you to the best forum around. It's helpful information like you posted that is so helpful. I found this out a couple of years ago because my steps were erratic, and I was determined to find the problem. One more important step, CLEAN THE GROUND WIRE CONNECTION ON THE FRAME. Good luck,
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If you have low voltage on your engine battery, the steps will not operate. This is true on my Itasca 33V. We thought they were broken and drove the coach to the repair shop. When we got there, they worked.
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