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Old 05-14-2015, 08:23 PM   #1
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Kwikee Steps

On my 89 Chieftain, the Kwikee steps have stopped working. The motor runs fine, the gear-box works in and out fine until you put it into a slightest bind, then I can tell something is stripped inside. I completely dismantled the gearbox, and what I found is that the large (plastic) gear that meshes with the worm gear on the motor had? three "cams" on the inside recess that haver stripped out. I checked online, but all I can find as far as repairs is that you have to replace the entire gearbox assy., to the tune of at least 200 or so dollars. Does anyone know where I could possibly find that plastic gear? It would be an easy fix if I can.
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:32 PM   #2
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The Kwikee step motors are window lift motors, with gears, for cars. You have to look at your motor assembly and compare it to the window lift assembly. Dorman makes a complete line of the assemblies. My Dorman number is 742-211. This is a lift assembly for the left front on a 87-88 Tbird, 87-88 Cougar, or 88-93 Lincon Contenintal. The Ford part number is E7SZ 6323394-A.
Search this site for step motors. I copied this from this site. Lift motors are much cheaper.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:22 PM   #3
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Knugent, If my memory serves me correctly, this is the motor that has the three plastic plugs that fit the recessed cam assembly, right?
And thank you for the info, I work in parts as a living. This little tidbit will help my fellow RV'rs as they travel through Nacogdoches, Texas where I work.
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Old 05-15-2015, 09:03 AM   #4
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You can also buy the replacement gear kit, Dorman part # 747-412. It runs about 22 bucks at most parts stores.
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Darwin and talbot357- I'm not the OP, but thank you for some valuable info!
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Old 05-15-2015, 12:49 PM   #6
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You are welcome, HoneyBadger.
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Old 05-20-2015, 06:50 AM   #7
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Just a FYI Powergear/Kwikee is now owned by Lippert Components. I called them about the steps on my 1988 Limited and was told that they don't support any Kwikee step prior to 1999. I did see a number of conversion kits on Amazon and just might get one to hedge the unit on my MH failing. I had a problem with the unit locking up in the down position and it turned out to be just needing a cleaning and lube. Lippert says the only option from them is a completely new step unit. Amazon complete power unit was about $250.

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Darwin and talbot 357, thank you much for this good info. Talbot 357, whatever was inside the recess have all broken off, but I can see that they were some type of plug, or fingers, or something. So, you're saying that part number 747-412 is for the plastic gear only? That's really all I need
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