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Old 07-13-2015, 10:03 AM   #1
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Kwikee Step closing erratically

Just installed a new electric motor on my Series 26 single-step Kwikee step (2009 Fleetwood Icon) after reading "Bob's guides to electrical steps". The guide stated that the plastic gears in the motor get stripped which can cause the step motor to act erratic.

The original motor was acting erratic when opening and closing (step would jump "in & out" a few times before settling into it's proper position) This happened when I opened or closed the step...

Installed the new motor (Ford, Taurus electric window motor) and it worked fine for exactly a week. Now it opens fine, but when I retract it to the closed position, it continues to jump "in & out" before it settles into the closed position.

Can't find anything on the Kwikee website about adjustments and all the moving points are lubricated properly.

Anyone else experience this problem..? Any help much appreciated..!
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Check that the magnetic switch on the door is properly aligned. If the magnet isn't directly on the reed switch, it might allow momentary contact.
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magnetic switch is pop riveted into place so it can't move or be adjusted...
Guessing I got a bad motor (parts are really sketchy these days)
Probably take the motor apart and see if I can "flip the plastic gears" as mentioned in Bob's post and keep my fingers crossed.
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I'd still check that the reed switch isn't making sporadic contact due to burnt contacts. Try hooking a light into the switch as door opens and closes, watch for blinking.
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Took motor apart and there is only one large plastic gear that meshes with the metal worm gear coming out of the electrical housing... Not sure what Bob meant it his blog about "flipping the gears over" as you can't flip this gear and still have it mesh with the worm gear.
Anyway, the 3 gear "cogs" already had a slight amount of wear so I rearranged them and then removed the gear and checked for any obvious wear (didn't see any) and put it all back together and the step works properly now.
Cheap price/cheap parts...
Next time I order a new Dorman motor (link on "Bob's guide to electrical steps"
Thanks for the help folks..!
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New Dorman motor didn't bolt up correctly so it's back to square one...

will update as I move forward.
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