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Old 06-14-2011, 08:12 AM   #1
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Double electric Steps broken - Kwikee

Having just spent $1,000 getting my dash air going, I got home with my RV (1995 Winn. Vectra 34'). I kept hearing a clicking noise from underneath. I went around the other side and saw the steps trying to extend then retract. Nothing I did stopped this action but cutting the power wire. I have opened the steps into a curb a couple of times recently. I am wondering if I broke something in the linkage. Anyone have any advice? Right now I have them tied up with cable ties since they won't lock in place either way.
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Old 06-14-2011, 08:29 AM   #2
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Check to see if the ground to the step is clean and tight.
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Old 06-14-2011, 10:42 AM   #3
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the door magnet may not be close enough to sense each other . try using another magnet and flip directions of polarity. should stop steps , then replace part at door.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:48 AM   #4
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In the Kwikee owners manual.....in the rear.... there is a troubleshooting guide. Walks you thru some tests to check.... the motor .....wires.....and the control module. Its fairly easy. The problem will be with one or the other.....or both.

I had a problem with mine on M/D weekend. I open the door....steps opened. Closed the door.... steps closed.....never to open again. When I returned home I did some checks to find out the motor and module where toast. Go figure

Kwikee has a total repair kit ( $345 )....that includes new motor.....module....all new bolts ...nuts....washers....etc. Its all plug and play replacement....very easy fix.

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Old 06-15-2011, 10:38 AM   #5
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The control board senses the motor current and when it sees it increase as it reaches the end of travel or is stopped by an obstruction, cuts voltage to motor.
Extending into a curb or something similar won't hurt them.

Since it starts to extend and then retracts it doesn't sound like a magnetic switch issue. I would suspect the control board.
You can get a trouble shooting guide HERE that might help. There is info on checking a lot of things including the magnetic switch and motor.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:14 PM   #6
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Thumbs up Fixed

Thank you to everyone who replied. I never identified the problem. Checked the grounds, etc. and everything appeared fine. I went ahead and order the new conversion kit from Kwikee and it works like a charm. If anyone wants my old motor, gears, door switch, harness, and control unit (yellow/orange), I will make you a deal on it!
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