Fixing electric step

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  1. PaulyP

    PaulyP Funster

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    Scientific way to fix an electric step.

    My electric step stopped working, when pressing the button I could see the power kick on the panel so the power was getting to the step.

    Ok so first thing to do is check the connections.

    Got the mat on the floor. lay down with torch and looked at the 2 connections, pulled them both of and cleaned them up.

    Pressed the switch power kicked on panel and -------- nothing happened.

    Rechecked the wires and pressed the switch whilst twiddling the wires, power kicked and still nothing happened.

    Ok so now the scientific approach comes in ---pick up big screwdriver reverse grip so you are holding the shaft.

    Press to operate step and hit the motor with the handle of screwdriver ------- step now operates, spray a load of WD40 arround at put the step up and down a dozen times.

    Finally make a cup of tea and think of job well done.:thumb::thumb::thumb:
     
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  2. WynandJean

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    It's what my TV engineer friend used to call the "vibration test" :BigGrin:

    Wyn
     
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  3. icantremember

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    Similar to an Irish screwdriver (or a big hammer) ........fixes most things.
     
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  4. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Jaws and a few others around here go berserk at the mention of WD40. They say it soon dries out leaving a sticky residue which does more harm than good.

    I've used it for 50 years.

    I wish I could remember their preferred spray as a lubricant. ACF50 is mentioned, I have some but it looks a bit thick for electrical switch lubrication to me. It might be the bees knees for steps.
     
  5. JockandRita

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    I use GT85 for the same job PaulyP used WD40. The double step was becoming hesitant and noisy when operated.
    I also use it to lubricate all the locks on the MH and the car before winter sets in, using the red straw. I've not had a frozen lock for many years now.
    This came about after a Vauxhall dealership owner, warned me about using WD40, which I too thought was the "bees knees". Although it is a penetrating fluid, apparently it is not a lubricant, and it actually disperses oils and lubricants. He advised to use it to free up any locks, etc, but to re lubricate them afterwards.

    Aldi were selling a range of 3in1 liquid maintenance products last week. I bought the Lithium White Grease, and High Performance Lubricating spray. My two local stores still have plenty left. ALDI Hobby Sprays

    Cheers for now,

    Jock.
     
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    Bluemerle Read Only Funster

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    Got a told by an engineer that the WD40 formulae was changed a few years ago and it was now a solvent based cleaner with no lubricating qualities.

    Either I wasnt listening, or did the makers of WD40 forget to tell us this!!:Eeek:
     
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