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Old 04-11-2016, 05:20 PM   #1
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Schwintek Inwall Slideout Motor Testing

I have a 2012 Daybreak 28PD with the Schwintek Inwall Slideout System. Yesterday I tried to open the slide and one of the motors quit dead after opening the slide about 3 inches. There is no sign of life. (The second motor seems to being working fine.) The controller is flashing an error code of eight red flashes to every one green flash. This error code is suppose to mean there is a short between the controller and motor. I called Lippert customer service. The rep said to check the continuity of the wiring harness and if that checks out OK then it's a faulty motor. All six wires in the harness passed my continuity test. I'm going to remove the motor. It's the high torque 500:1 model. My question is how do I accurately and reliably bench test this motor? I don't want to order a new one for $250 plus shipping unless I'm sure the motor is broken.
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a quick test is to remove it from the slide wall, reattach the power harness, hit the wall button and see if it rotates - if not, yep - it's a dead one.

I've got three originals in my 'extra' drawer now which have been replaced - two high torques that are dead, and one lower torque that had a black soldered wire break from the circuit board on top(they are tiny and fragile!) - I tried to solder it back the other day, we'll see next time I have a motor issue in the bedroom slide whether it can serve as a replacement or not : )
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Old 04-12-2016, 09:21 AM   #3
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MisterT,
Thanks for the reply. I will give that a shot. These motors don't seem to be very reliable. This is my third motor and it looks like I have another failure.
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I contacted Lippert Components again and told them that my wire harness had full continuity so it must be a faulty motor. I explained that this was the third time this motor has failed in four years. They agreed to send me a new motor free of charge even though it was out of warranty. Thank you Lippert.
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I had that same slide system on my last 5th wheel. I found that if I pulled some of the wood trim off and pushed the rubber seal back I could get to the motor ( I put small trim screws in the wood so I could take it apart the next time easier). Toward the top of the motor there a hole or a rubber plug covering the hole. Spray some silicone in that hole and move the motor back and fourth. This worked for me every time. I believe the brushes of the motor get a little rust on them.

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...good to hear that LCI is helping out - I've had several replaced by Thor, as well as they've sent me/given me several when I had the need to replace them myself. Thor may not typically do this, as they work through dealers, but I convinced them that it would be in their best financial interest for me to do the install myself(free), versus a dealers bill to them of 'who knows how much'!.
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I'll spray some silicone in motor, but the motor is held firmly in place so I don't know how move it back and forth, unless your saying I should cycle the motor forward and reverse.

My early version(2012) of the Schwintek Inwall Slideout System is designed so that the motor can only be replaced from the outside which requires removing of all the rivets and pulling the column away from the wall to gain access. The newer versions have an access notch cut in the housing which allows easy access from the inside. I called Lippert and asked the rep if I could cut a similar notch on the inside that matches the newer models. He thought that would be OK. At the moment I'm in a camp ground so some of this work will have to wait till I get home.

Thanks for your helpful comments.
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