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Old 01-06-2015, 08:16 AM   #1
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Kwikee step motor replacement

Have any of you replaced a motor on Kwikee Electric steps? Can the average DIYsfer do it?
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with ease my motor had three screws and a plug, if you have to cut any wires mark them with tape, if you only have black tape put one wrap on first two wraps on second wire and so forth, mine had a broken arm, just remember what position the arm is in when you put it back together

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Have any of you replaced a motor on Kwikee Electric steps? Can the average DIYsfer do it?
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Old 01-06-2015, 08:37 AM   #3
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Don't buy the motor from Kwikee they are $$$
Buy a ford window lift motor for a lot less.
Dorman 742-277 will work
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Just researched this subject this morning and I'm going to the parts store to get the Dorman 742-277
>>>>>Changing the Kwikee step motor overview
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Any alterations needed for the Ford part??
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There are a few different variations of these motors. I bought one from AM Equipment.
http://store.amequipment.com/214-ser...ing-p-128.html
They were great to deal with and they'll help you decide which one you need.
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I changed mine a couple of years ago. That did not fix my problem, but as they say, that's a different story.

If memory serves, I took the motor in to AutoZone and compared a couple of "ford" parts to make sure it was the right one. Motor < $50.

Change out was simple, just make sure the link pin is removed and the power is turned off. Don't want the steps moving when you are not expecting them to!

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I had a different problem, the worm gear wore out both the motor and the main gear. Every once in a while you could hear just keep running. Had to replace the whole mechanism and motor. Still not hard BUT make sure all power is off as you are connecting and disconnecting as if it starts to move it there is a hazard of a pinch point.
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Well ? Been out in the Cold- (14deg) the last few hours trying to determine and solve the issues with my steps (32's). Took everything apart and looked over each pc. Including checking the step for binding- all moves free. So after 3 hours I noticed that these aren't even Kwikee Steps-- Some off brand that were replaced back in 2001 or so.(that's another story). The motor and gearbox does not match Kwikee at all. I do have a number off of the control box- gonna try and research that. You Guy's recognize these? Or just buy a whole new set of Kwikee 32's.
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Try PPL Motorhomes parts dept. Are your steps bent? If so, you might be better off buying a whole new unit. I tried fixing mine, but gave up. Just think of the $$ you'll save on labor. Be VERY careful working under steps. A step can move unexpectedly when power is applied and can injure you severely.
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Mine is he kwikee. I agree that AM equipment is a good option for less coin. The catch is that there are a couple of different versions. The newer design motor doesn't fit the older gearbox. I ordered the wrong one first and then got the right one.

Install was easy. Are you certain it is the motor? There are tests that you can do to confirm of it is something else, such as the electronics. In my case the motor was indeed shot.
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I contacted Kwikee and they said that if I was tapping the motor and got the steps to move them the motor is the problem...
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