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Old 03-02-2012, 08:29 AM   #1
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Electric steps questions

My steps suddenly started to act weird. They extend but then the motor keeps going click click click click click click and the steps kinda keep trying to extend by bobbing back and forth about an inch, same when they retract, so I just shut them off. What's happening?
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:38 AM   #2
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When mine did that I found that the battery was low-Maybe charge yours?
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:50 AM   #3
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When mine did that I found that the battery was low-Maybe charge yours?
just checked all three batteries are around 12.5V
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Old 03-02-2012, 10:22 AM   #4
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A good battery with a bad connection = a low battery (or even a dead battery) True story: 3 times now my coach has failed to start on the chassis battery, I have a Bi-Directional isolator and it was plugged in till just before trying to start, AUX start worked (Emergency start) and when I got parked again and crawled under the battery load tested in the green.. Cleaning the terminals and re-conencting and..Years later, do it all over again.

Also a bad controller can cause that.
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A good battery with a bad connection = a low battery (or even a dead battery) True story: 3 times now my coach has failed to start on the chassis battery, I have a Bi-Directional isolator and it was plugged in till just before trying to start, AUX start worked (Emergency start) and when I got parked again and crawled under the battery load tested in the green.. Cleaning the terminals and re-conencting and..Years later, do it all over again.

Also a bad controller can cause that.
I was hoping it was not a gear in the motor going bad, I will check the battery connection at the step motor
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Old 03-02-2012, 11:26 AM   #6
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1st rule of electrical issues; CHECK the GROUND connection.
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Old 03-02-2012, 12:40 PM   #7
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Don't forget to lube steps once in a while.
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What to use to lube the steps? regular oil?
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What to use to lube the steps? regular oil?
I use spray on lithium grease on mine.
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Old 03-03-2012, 06:56 PM   #10
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I had same problem with mine last year. Mine are Coach Step. The controller was going bad, replace it and they work fine.
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Electric step lube.

I have very good performance with Harley Davidson Chain lube, it goes on spray and changes to a lite grease. Works good on swivel rockers too.
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Hello. my steps did the same thing a few years back and I lubed them and have not done it since. Any lube will work but have somebody wpork them and do it a few times while your down there out of the way of course.
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I hope it is not a gear as well, pull on the steps as the motor is running them out and push on the steps as they are retracting. Sort of giving it a helping hand as it were. Sometimes the hinge joints need a little help to get the lube in them.
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When ours acted like you describe I discovered a bad ground connection. Cleaned it up and now they work perfect.
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