Originally Posted by stevelah
Just wondering if any Berkshire owners have had any problems with there steps not opening ? Checked wires under step and magnetic switch on door.
Hi Steve - Welcome aboard! I have "Coach Step" made by Stromberg Carlson, but sold by LCI. You first need to determine if you have the Coach Step or Kwikee, also sold by LCI.
If you have the Coach Step, maybe the problem that I had is also yours.
My problem this summer was that the step tried to go in and out, but struggled and then would call it quits. I removed the linkage to the gear plate and also removed the motor. I could not budge the gear plate. After digging into how the gear plate is secured, I found that the motor's mounting plate has a welded bolt that sandwiches the gear plate and is torqued down with a threaded cylinder (on top of the frame) which is welded in place.
So if you ever had to replace the gear plate or adjust the torque, the weld would have to be ground off - Dah!!!
I tried to get penetrating oil, silicone oil in there with great difficulty. I then beat on the gear plate with a mallet and block of wood. With a lot of beating on it, if moved but not too readily. I made it go a couple times back and forth, but could never move it by hand. I figured that the gear/motor was some brute, because it did move the steps somewhat beforehand.
So, I put the linkage and motor back, the gear/motor brute moves it like new. The step does not have end stop switches. I figure its controller measures the torque by current and shuts it off that way. I no longer leave my step switch off and step sitting in one position for a long time. It needs to be exercised. This may or may not help you. - Hank