Originally Posted by luv2play
I have a 1998 fleetwood bounder and was hating the thought of spending a ton of money to replace my step motor and paying for the upgrade kit and all. I don't remember if mine was the same #, but the motor looks the same. I was able to replace it with a 1987 ford taurus driver side power window motor for about $30.00. It was exactly the same motor with the nylon gears and all. Replaced it with the same 3 screws no problem. It may be worth a try!
I came across a link to a guy on the rx4rv site that showed with pictures how to fix a Step motor by replacing the three gear plugs that are under the big plastic gear on the motor. I went to my local auto parts store and got the Dorman "Help" kit #74410 (Window Regulator Gear Plugs) for 7.99 and when I took the motor apart I found my three plastic plugs were smashed to bits, I installed the new ones and my steps are working perfect, just like brand new, quiet, and smooth. I was just about to spring for a new replacement motor kit., took me about an hour and a half to do the whole job. I had no clue those plugs were even there, I thought the worm gear assembly was shot, the motor works perfect. Those plugs work like a shock absorber when the steps hit their limit in either direction