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golfknut

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Posted: 03/31/12 12:22pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Went out to the rig this morning and opened the door and the steps opened fine. When finished with jobs inside I exited and closed the door.....and the steps wouldn't retract. They worked fine all last weekend many times.

I checked the battery and it is fully charged. The ground wire is secure and clean.

While the coach exit door was closed I started the ignition to see if the automatic retraction would work....it would not.

I'm no mechanic but the angle and position of the linkage (arm) looks strange to me. It looks like it's riding high on the "pin" or shaft end. Please looks at the photos below and see if this is a normal position for it when the steps are extended.








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might pull the arm off and give it a try, might be jammed? if it works? I.d lube everything that moves.

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Please lubricate both ends of the bellcrank you're asking about and get back with us. Ours got stuck and it was only a dry joint.


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After photographing it a while ago I gave both ends a good shot of Kwik lube but it didn't help. I will go out and do it again.

Could an "urging" with a hammer on the top of the linkage help?

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I just gave both ends of that linkage arm a good lube.

Nothing budged....I gave the steps a little shake too.

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golfknut wrote:

After photographing it a while ago I gave both ends a good shot of Kwik lube but it didn't help. I will go out and do it again.

Could an "urging" with a hammer on the top of the linkage help?

Do not hit with a hammer. Use your hand to pull on steps while opening screen door.
When out steps failed. It was the magnetic switch on screen door that failed.


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Posted: 03/31/12 02:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I was hoping the arm was in a bind lube was all you needed. I don't have any documentation to look at, but this gOOgle search...

kwikee steps troubleshooting

...netted lots of hits.

Please be careful if you get around the linkage while troubleshooting and haven't disconnected the power. It's a car window lift motor/gearbox and they generate a lot of finger-breaking torque.

The motor may well match a Ford product and be less expensive than the RV version.

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I was thinking that if the magnetic door switch was bad that the steps would still retract when the ignition was started.
Is that true?

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I just tried to pull on the steps while opening (and closing) the screen door. Got nothing.

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I think since it worked before, it may be electrical. Do you have either:
a "step safety switch" inside the door to disable the automatic deploy / retraction of the steps? Our rig does - but it has a red safety light to let you know it's on.
a battery disconnect switch that may have been hit? I think our steps work off the chassis battery - not the coach battery - and one time we accidently hit this switch and it was the ONLY reason why couldn't get the steps in...
(I felt like a goof)


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