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Old 05-11-2012, 10:36 PM   #1
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Dometic awning wont work

I have a 2011 prime time tracer 3150 bhs with a dometic power awning. Tonight is our first night out for 2012 and the awning won't do anything. We were up last week getting things ready and it worked fine.... Today we came up and all it will do is make a clicking sound like a relay is tripping but nothing else happens. Anyone experience this before and if yea what am I missing or does this require a tech?
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:49 PM   #2
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I am thinking the clicking sound you are hearing is the motor's internal thermal circuit breaker.

I lubricate the motor shaft with WD-40 annually when the awning is put away for the winter. If I don't do that corrosion on the shaft makes it squeal when I run it in and out. If it has corroded to the point where it won't turn, it could cause what you are hearing.

If the shaft will not turn, the motor will over heat and trip off till it cools and then it will try again.

You might try lubricating the shaft with WD-40 and manually twist it to work the lube into the motor.

If it turns out you need a motor there is a used one for sale:
Dometic A & E power awning motor | eBay
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It may have rolled up crooked (material shifted on tube) and put the arms in a bind. If you can, have someone push the switch while you try to pry an arm loose. Just make sure you stand to the side so if it comes out it doesn't hit you.
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It may have rolled up crooked and put the arms in a bind. If you can, have someone push the switch while you try to pry an arm loose. Just make sure you stand to the side so if it comes out it doesn't hit you.
Excellent thought.
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I looked at the picture of the motor on ebay and I am unsure where u would put the lube? Do u have to take anything apart to get the lube into the right place. Just looking at it I would guess u just spray some in around the shaft.
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I looked at the picture of the motor on ebay and I am unsure where u would put the lube? Do u have to take anything apart to get the lube into the right place. Just looking at it I would guess u just spray some in around the shaft.
Yep, that's what I did. It was squawking a storm and it is pretty quiet now.
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