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Old 07-07-2015, 12:04 PM   #1
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Steps

Well as I have read in some other posts in regards to the electric steps, our 350TS now has issues with the electric steps.
Once the steps extend there is a clicking noise for about 10 seconds.
Did this for about 1 week before I had the time to investigate.
As soon as I began to investigate the issue it began doing it on the retraction as well.
Could this be the electric steps motor and the amperage over sensor built it not shutting down the motor properly?
Could this be the triangular gear inside the motor slipping within the plastic bushing?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 07-07-2015, 02:43 PM   #2
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I would guess that this is the reason, "Could this be the triangular gear inside the motor slipping within the plastic bushing?" If the steps begin to stop part of the way through the cycle and act as if they are being bumped, you can be sure that that is the problem.
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Old 07-07-2015, 11:29 PM   #3
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Not stopping mid cycle

Steps operate correctly just clicks like something is slipping.
I have watched the operation from under the coach and all appears well.
Clicking noise on both the extend/retract cycles is coming from with the motor housing that has the worm screw driving the pinion gear that moves the steps.
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Not stopping mid cycle

Steps operate correctly just clicks like something is slipping.
I have watched the operation from under the coach and all appears well.
Clicking noise on both the extend/retract cycles is coming from with the motor housing that has the worm screw driving the pinion gear that moves the steps.
We had exactly the same problem. Be prepared to replace the step motor assembly. Sorry.
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Well as I have read in some other posts in regards to the electric steps, our 350TS now has issues with the electric steps.
Once the steps extend there is a clicking noise for about 10 seconds.
Did this for about 1 week before I had the time to investigate.
As soon as I began to investigate the issue it began doing it on the retraction as well.
Could this be the electric steps motor and the amperage over sensor built it not shutting down the motor properly?
Could this be the triangular gear inside the motor slipping within the plastic bushing?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in Advance

More than likely the three bolts that hold the motor are loose. This lets it skip gears and the run to the end of the triangular gear and start clicking. You may even be missing one of the bolts. There are bushings as well, so if you need to remove the bolts, don't lose the bushings.

I fixed mine about 3 years ago and no problems since then other than the center bolt broke last year and I replaced it. You don't have to remove the steps, but it sure makes it a lot easier. Just 4 bolts hold the steps on. Unplug the wire harness, unscrew the ground wire and I had to cut one wire which I then reconnected using an unplugable connector on. I imagine in the next 5 years I'll have to replace the center bolt. If nothing else, another good paint job.

If you'd rather spend $400 for Kwikee steps some are doing that. I prefer the less expensive, but permanent, fix.


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Old 07-12-2015, 12:37 PM   #6
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Sounds like the center bolt is coming loose be care full whe.n you step on stares
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:52 AM   #7
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Smile Step problem

The motor that drives the steps is a automobile windshield wipper motor and can be purchased at an auto parts store. I replaced mine with no trouble and it has worked great for the last two years. I do not know the part number, but it is a direct replacement.
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The motor that drives the steps is a automobile windshield wipper motor and can be purchased at an auto parts store. I replaced mine with no trouble and it has worked great for the last two years. I do not know the part number, but it is a direct replacement.
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What kind of steps on a 2013Georgetown 335DS are they kiwkee ?
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Replaced motor
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