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Old 05-25-2016, 11:13 AM   #1
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Slide motor brake

When we arrived at the campground about 25 miles from home, I discovered that the passenger side slide on my 05 Phaeton had opened 3-4 inches. I am suspicious that the motor brake is not on or not adjusted properly. There is a cover over the brake. Can anyone tell me how to check after I remove the cover?
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Can't help on the motor part but can recommend slide out locks sold at CW for about $40 ea. Good insurance and will fix such problems. Can also use a 2x4 cut to proper length. Just be sure to remove locks before attempting to extend slide!
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:52 AM   #3
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I've got some of those locks, but never needed them on the old Motorhome.
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Old 05-25-2016, 02:46 PM   #4
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I had a similar issue on my 07 Expedition. If your slide motor is like mine, under the rubber cover is a manual lever to disengage the break. When then lever is down the break is manually disengaged- in my case, I suspect it became disengaged while driving on a very bumpy road.

Try moving the lever under the rubber cover.

I posted more details regarding the issue and pictures of the slide motor with the cover removed.

Slide Adjustment- DIY or Dealer
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Many brakes are on the back side of the motor. Look at the end of your motor for 4 screws. Unscrew that back plate and there is an adjustment nut inside. But before you do that maybe check your wiring. I luckily only had a loose wire so I never had to take mine apart. There are instructions online.
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When we arrived at the campground about 25 miles from home, I discovered that the passenger side slide on my 05 Phaeton had opened 3-4 inches. I am suspicious that the motor brake is not on or not adjusted properly. There is a cover over the brake. Can anyone tell me how to check after I remove the cover?
If you're talking about the rubber cover over the back of the motor and maybe what's already been suggested, there's no need to remove it and where it's elongated, there's a brake release handle inside. Just push or pull it in the opposite direction for effect and I'm guessing that brake on, is by pushing in.
All this, assuming it's an electric POWERGEAR type setup.
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It is electric. Not sure of the brand.
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Many brakes are on the back side of the motor. Look at the end of your motor for 4 screws. Unscrew that back plate and there is an adjustment nut inside. But before you do that maybe check your wiring. I luckily only had a loose wire so I never had to take mine apart. There are instructions online.
Now that's weird with an intermittent open circuit and usually, the brake is on by default, if it's not in the manual release position and it will only de-activate when power is applied to the motor for moving the slide.
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I don't know about the motorhome motors but that's how my fifth wheel is. The brake adjustment is behind the metal plate on the back of the motor, powered by 1 thin wire.
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Epj, please post a picture of the motor. My bed slide is Power Gear and the motor lock looks like a flat lever under rubber cover. You would think the lever would flip up or down to engage/disengage, but it doesn't, it rotates about an eighth of a turn about the axis of the motor shaft.
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This is exactly the same as the PowerGear electric levelers. The postings about that and related problems are many. Think electromagnet where power applied lets the brake spin, remove power the brake stays locked.. Pushing the lever supposedly overcomes the magnet and leaves the brake loose....thus the warning that such could let the leveler jack slowly wind down (up) under weight. Corrosion from water penetration has raised hell with these levelers brake mechanisms, logic says the same thing could happen on slides even though they would seem less exposed to water than the levelers.
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Finally got some light on the motor and it had engage and disengage arrows on a sticker. According to the arrows it was off. I moved the lever to "engaged". We will see if that takes care of it.
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