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Old 07-07-2021, 07:37 PM   #1
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Unhappy Electric Steps

I have a '98 Fleetwood MH with electric entry steps. If I have them out and not activating them for awhile, they don't work when I go to use them. If I go underneath and tap it with a hammer, they then work. Any ideas on how to rectify this problem?
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Welcome to iRV2 .

Adding the brand of the steps on your coach will help you get better answers .

When you tap the motor have a look for a decal that indicates the brand . Photo .

The Kwikee steps used the same motor as a Ford passenger vehicle power window (mid 80s Taurus ) and the there are many posts on the motor replacement .
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Old 07-07-2021, 08:25 PM   #3
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Sounds like the motor and gears need a good lube job.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us!

I agree with Lt. Dan. The first step would be to lube all the moving joints. If that doesn't work, you probably will need to replace the motor assembly, which includes a gearbox. They're not that expensive. You should find a part number on the old assembly.

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If that’s the original gear box the grease in there is probably dry like paste. Pull it apart and give it a good cleaning and lube.
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Please disconnect any power to the unit prior to doing any service

Heres a link to the Kwikee service manual should help ya

https://www.rvtechlibrary.com/exteri...svc_manual.pdf

Good luck and let us know how you do,
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Old 07-08-2021, 10:13 PM   #7
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If it works when you tap the MOTOR it means you, most likely, have some corrosion on the commutator. If you're handy you can remove the motor, disassemble and polish the commutator -->> always being careful to fully stabilize/latch/support the steps so that they cannot swing down when the motor is removed and/or actuate and crush you when you reinstall.

Of course you can also simply buy a replacement and keep your hands much cleaner and get far more years of reliable service...

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Exactly. What Domo said. The part cost Around $85. It should take you only 15-25 min to put on (25 w/no experience). You may also want to find some corresponding videos on youtube.
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Or, if the hammer trick works, just get a longer handle hammer so you don't have to crawl underneath
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Old 07-10-2021, 05:17 AM   #10
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Switch the wires to reverse the steps

I am now a proud owner of a 1999 Fleetwood Bounder. It has a 2 step Kwikee electric step. The gear was frozen and beyond help along with the motor, both were replaced and works great (almost). The motor has a red wire and a yellow wire so it is simple to connect however, it works only one way. I have to switch the wires to get the step to go back in come out I have to switch the wires again. I am leaning toward changing the Control Unit next. What do y’all think?
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I am now a proud owner of a 1999 Fleetwood Bounder. It has a 2 step Kwikee electric step. The gear was frozen and beyond help along with the motor, both were replaced and works great (almost). The motor has a red wire and a yellow wire so it is simple to connect however, it works only one way. I have to switch the wires to get the step to go back in come out I have to switch the wires again. I am leaning toward changing the Control Unit next. What do y’all think?
You probably should have started a new thread since this concerns the wiring and control unit. JMHO.
Anyway. Welcome to Irv2.com good to have ya.
Before you go spending $130 on a control unit check the Wire plug-in first (it should have 4 wires) if you don't see any issues with it and the steps are still giving you problems, I would change out the control unit. That's if you KNOW how to do it. If you have the know how by all means change out the control unit. At least it's $130 well spent and you won't need a new one for yrs to come.
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graybros I suggest you begin cleaning all connections, that sounds like a poor/missing ground connection, but mine corroded connection was the two wires in the magnetic switch on the entry way wall.
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In the YouTube video posted by Domo, you will see the 3 gear plugs that are flattened.
They are Dorman part number 74410. Available at most auto parts stores.

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