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Old 03-09-2012, 06:28 PM   #1
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Kwikee Step

I have a Class C motorhome with a single kwikee step. It was working fine when I parked the coach in the fall. Now the step will not come out. It seems like it attemps to move, but only slightly and not everytime the door is opened.
Where do I start?

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Old 03-09-2012, 06:43 PM   #2
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I have had the same problem. Just takes a little wd40 and starts to work.
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Is it electric or manual?
Not sure this helps, but are batteries charged, checked electrical connections (corrosion) if electric? Have you spray pivot points (rust) with LDS or WD40, can you manually help it out?
Kwickee Steps 1/2 way down page is a "trouble shooting"
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Old 03-09-2012, 06:48 PM   #4
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Mine did that also, battery low voltage.
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Had the same problem. A little lubrication at all pivot points cured it. First time I used oil but I found that it collected dirt and grime. I now use a silicone spray and it is on my maintenance check list.

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Check the battery and lube the joints she will work fine I'll bet.
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Old 03-10-2012, 06:06 AM   #7
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be sure to lube the joints of the operating mechanism over top of the steps. After you get it working as it should, try a little white grease on all of the moving parts. The grease will lubricate and help keep dirt from getting into the joints.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:38 AM   #8
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The steps are usually operated by the chassis battery.
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:57 AM   #9
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Low voltage with the battery as already mentioned. Changed our battery and now good to go. Ours was beyond charging and needed to be changed.
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If it sat through the winter without being run I too would suspect the engine battery.

Did the engine start OK?
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[QUOTE=new2RVn;1109019]Had the same problem. A little lubrication at all pivot points cured it. First time I used oil but I found that it collected dirt and grime. I now use a silicone spray and it is on my maintenance check list.

Lubrication did the trick, Thank you so much! I now have it on my maintenance list also.

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WD 40 is a good cleaner but not lube after the WD 40 spray it with TRI FLO a great lube for most anything
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I want to thank all who had suggestions and lubing all the joints did the trick but I thought I'd add a few notes to make life easier.
1) Disconnect the steps from the motor. The steps are connected to the motor at a "knuckle" held in place by a "Clevis" pin ( looks like a bolt with no threads ) which is identifiable by the cotter pin going through the end of it. PAY ATTENTION to the direction you take the clevis pin out so you can put it back in the same way. This accomplishes two things: 1)You can now close the door to see if the motor is going through a full cycle and 2) you can work the steps manually which takes the strain off of the motor as you oil and grease ALL the joints.
TriFlo and silicon spray are good suggestions but if you don't have them I suggest the following: WD40 everything LIBERALLY and then apply your slide grease at the TOP of all joints. The slide grease is more liquid than most greases and will flow downward as it "follows" the WD40 into the joints that you cannot get to easily.
Work the step manually until it easily falls by itself from a raised position.
Reinsert the clevis pin and cotter pin, pour a celebratory beverage and smile... because you did it yourself and because you have learned the trick of getting the clevis pin out - and in... OH! I didn't tell you that one!
For removal: The knucle hole and step hole NEVER line up, so, if your step moves at all, coordinate the movement with a person inside who will shut the chassis switch off when the step is half way through it's movement. In my case, the movement was about 3 inches so my girlfriend had to be QUICK to catch the step at 1 1/2 inches. This takes the pressure off the clevis pin for removal.
For a step that does not move, I have used a 2x4 as a lever to get a couple inches of movement.
Since you have tested the motor, you will NEVER get it back to the EXACT position to reinsert the clevis pin. Again, stop the motor in mid cycle then move the step manually to that point. NOTE! Some motors wil complete their cycle even with the power off. In that case, bring the step to the motor wherever it has completed it's cycle and loosen the ( usually 4 ) bolts holding the motor housing to the chasis until the clevis pin slides in easily. Insert the cotter pin, tighten the motor bolts and you're done.
Hope this helps.
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