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Old 05-27-2019, 03:50 PM   #1
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Hello. So my steps have had a pop noise when closing. Well yesterday they started ratcheting. I need to pull it apart and see what’s broken. Anyone run into an issue like this? It had the link done to it a while ago.

I think they are puppetry steps? But not sure. It’s pouring out right now so can’t crawl under and look. I did however verify that it’s the gear inside the motor hat is stripped. So I need to get a motor. I have the 3 steps.
Anyone?
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:23 PM   #2
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Your steps are either Lippert or Kwikee. Lippert no longer manufactures steps and has acquired Kwikee. You can google for Kwikee electric steps series 25 motor for replacement. If your steps are Lippert I'm not sure if the motor for Kwikee is interchangeable with Lippert but I would think so. Extend the steps so you can remove the motor and get the part number off it. Never heard of puppetry steps. Your issue is not unusual.
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Old 05-27-2019, 10:36 PM   #3
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Thanks bubbles. Stupid autocorrect. That was supposed to say Lippert steps. I got the model number, LCI 164194. I will pull the motor this week. Just glad it happened at home and not on a trip!
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Old 05-28-2019, 08:45 AM   #4
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Common problem with these steps. Shop around a bit for the parts before you go stright to Lippert. When it happened to me...I found better prices on Ebay on the same part.
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Old 05-28-2019, 12:13 PM   #5
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Common problem with these steps. Shop around a bit for the parts before you go stright to Lippert. When it happened to me...I found better prices on Ebay on the same part.
Yep Iím going to pull the motor tonite and shop the part number. So far Iím seeing about $80 for a motor if itís the right one!
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Old 05-28-2019, 01:13 PM   #6
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These steps have a bad reputation, keep extra parts on hand ie: Center Bolt
I also have the same steps. I did not have a motor failure but center bolt failed 2 times within 6 months of new. I did not want to wait for another dealer appointment. My dad in Florida Machined a replacement bolt from a Chevy Caliper Pin. It is still holding strong 5 plus years and almost 50,000 miles.


fyi .... I did have the dealer perform the RECALL for my Lippert. They added a support to address support issues for Motor / Center Bolt
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Old 05-28-2019, 04:09 PM   #7
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Good to know. I’ll have to check and see if my steps are under the recall. If they were I believe the previous owner would’ve had it done as they seemed very meticulous.
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Ok. I pulled the motor and pulled the gear out but don’t see any damage. I do see some of the tips of the teeth are worn down on the big gear. And I found some fragments on top of the frame of the steps. It looks and feels like the gear is made from some type of plastic. Which makes sense since the motor gear is metal.
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Ok. I pulled the motor and pulled the gear out but don’t see any damage. I do see some of the tips of the teeth are worn down on the big gear. And I found some fragments on top of the frame of the steps. It looks and feels like the gear is made from some type of plastic. Which makes sense since the motor gear is metal.
Yes, I believe plastic is correct. All the recall did was add a part (structure) that would keep the large main gear pivot bolt from dropping out when and if it breaks. It does not prevent the bolt from breaking. It is/was a crap shoot as to who's bolt would break. If the recall was done on your steps I believe there will be a bracket installed (may have rubber bumper) that covers up the head of the large main gear pivot bolt (which requires an allen wrench to remove and install).
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Old 05-28-2019, 07:48 PM   #10
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I believe this is the bolt; if you ever need one.
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