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Old 02-04-2015, 11:10 PM   #15
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Steve, if you came up with the c-clamp idea, you can swap out the step motor! Very easy to do! MAKE SURE the POWER is OFF! VERY IMPORTANT! Take the old motor off, usually only 3 bolts, and the wiring, and the connection to the step. Take the motor to Napa or any good auto parts store, and have them match it up! It will be a window lift motor, or a wiper motor for a car/truck. Never get your fingers or arm in a comprising position as this motor has a lot of torque, and will hurt you! The reason for the capitals earlier!

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Old 02-06-2015, 05:34 PM   #16
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Thanks for the ideas. Am in New Orleans for a few days and will get it done while we have some downtime.
Definitely will unplug before working on it.
Will let you all know how it comes out.

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Old 02-06-2015, 06:00 PM   #17
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If you have Kwikee steps, here is the manual: http://support.powergearus.com/techd...20Rev%20OI.pdf
A replacement motor for Kwikee steps (insure it matches yours): DormanŽ 742-277 - Ford Taurus 1986-1995 Power Window Motor
I remember watching a U-tube video for replacing this motor, but no longer have a link. Run a irv2 search for replacing the step motor, I think that's where I got the above links and saw the instructions.
Oh, these steps should be lubed monthly per owners manual. The reason, the motor does not have a limit switch. It stops by sensing increased amp-draw and shuts down, exactly like a window motor.
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Old 02-07-2015, 06:36 AM   #18
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One of the problems I have found is that sometimes the motor has a Dead spot.. If it stops on just the right spot, it fails to work

Tunking it a few times with the handle of a hammer may be enough to move it off that dead spot.

I did this several times when this rig was much newer than it is now.

Finally I dissassembled the transmission and "Re-indexed" the motor, (Moved the gears) so now it stops at a different spot, Been several years since I tunked it.
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Old 02-10-2015, 04:23 PM   #19
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Thanks for all your advice. It was as easy as everyone says.

I went to amazon and found the motor and when it arrived it was simple to install. Remove the old one, transfer the gear cog to the new one and reinstall with the 3 bolts and wiring and we are back in business...


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Old 02-11-2015, 10:37 AM   #20
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Won't help you now but several years ago when RV steps failed I disconnected the motor, moved the step to the full extend position and drilled a small hole (1/4 inch I think) where step braces crossed eash other, then put a pin through to keep it extended. I also pushed the steps in as far as they went and drilled another hole and used the pin to keep the step in the retracted position. Worked well as a temp solution.

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