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Old 10-22-2021, 10:19 PM   #1
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Slow and noisy slide 32bhds

Hey guys I can't figure out why my main slide (dinette/couch) is so slow and noisy. Its an electronic rack and pinion. I replaced the motor/gearbox, no change. It seems to be adjusted properly -- seals perfectly when in and when out. But coming in, it is slow, sometimes stops...and makes noises like something isn't right. I slathered everything I could find with lube...slathered the wear bar...can't visually see anything broken or out of wack. What am missing? Rear slide works perfectly.
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Old 10-23-2021, 12:48 PM   #2
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I am not familiar at all with the system.
I'd check everything for straightness and parallelism. A bowed guide rail could add a lot of friction and still align correctly when fully in or out. Same if the guides are not parallel to each other. Check clearances around the slide perimeter for rubbing. You said it is a rack and pinion, it is hard for me to imagine that as source of resistance unless the rack is bent and pushing hard on the pinion. If it was an ACME thread, I'd say to check that closely for a bad thread or bent screw. Again not being familiar, it would be hard to know what else might cause issues. Look for potential pinch spots for rollers and guides.
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Old 10-23-2021, 09:38 PM   #3
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Hmmm....I thought it was a rack and pinion based on what I read but now that I look at the ACME, I think that is what it is. I will try to see if anything is bent. Thanks for the suggestion!
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Agree, check for any seals, or rollers that are getting locked up.
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Old 10-24-2021, 11:34 AM   #5
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If it stops and then restarts with reactivating the switch it might indicate there is an electronic safety device (slide control switching box) that reads current and shuts it down if too high to protect the motor. My main slide had a similar scenario which was fixed with a lithium battery; higher voltage means lower current.

Operate your main slide with the door open, it helps. Can't comment on the noise.
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Old 10-24-2021, 07:49 PM   #6
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*solved!* ....many thanks to tomahawk! I went under today to check for anything bent. As I was checking, I noticed that inside the c-channels that the square slide support bars slide in and out of has patches of surface rust and patches scrapes...which means the square bars are metal to metal inside this channel. Lubed those channels and bars...works perfect now! I have spent *hours* in adjusting, readjusting etc, off and on for two years. And the new unneeded motor wasn't cheap either! But never would have inspected those c-channels unless I was checking for straightness. Thanks!
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*solved!* ....many thanks to tomahawk! I went under today to check for anything bent. As I was checking, I noticed that inside the c-channels that the square slide support bars slide in and out of has patches of surface rust and patches scrapes...which means the square bars are metal to metal inside this channel. Lubed those channels and bars...works perfect now! I have spent *hours* in adjusting, readjusting etc, off and on for two years. And the new unneeded motor wasn't cheap either! But never would have inspected those c-channels unless I was checking for straightness. Thanks!
Thanks. Awesome that you found it and that you posted what the issue was.
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