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  1. AT Fun

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    My manual steps were hard to pull out and didn't get level when out so I put a lot of WD40 on them and finally managed to get them to move freely and they now lock in the extended position and you have to lift the end to push it back up. My problem now is that it will not stay up and drops down a bit while driving and sticks out a bit is there any way it should lock in the closed position?
     
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    make of steps ?
     
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    Not sure they are on an Autotrail Cheyenne 634L 2002 I will have a look for a makers name later.
     
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    They might be Omni steps this bit was interesting to read.

    SAFETY: We advise against using manual steps on PSVs, mini-buses, etc., and do not recommend their use on other self-propelled vehicles such as campervan conversions or motorhomes. On these vehicles we strongly suggest that you should use electric or electronic steps, wired to auto-retract when the engine starts, for both safety and insurance reasons.

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    Yes, I did read that, do you have a warning buzzer ?

    I had manual Omni steps on a Karmann that had a buzzer that sounded if you started the engine with the steps down..
     
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    No nothing on mine at all unless its been removed by a previous owner, I will have a look under the step once its dried up a bit. I always do a walk around before setting off so that's not really a problem its stopping them from opening by themselves that's the problem.
     
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    ok.. let us know what you find.. maybe a securing catch needs adjusting or has worn... or dropped off..
     
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    If you're planning on replacing from scratch, the attached diag..will help image.jpg
     
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    Its got these words on the front but some are missing anyone recognise the make or model? step.jpg
     
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    Nuova Mapa an Italian company.
     
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    Thanks big map now just got to find some diagrams or parts list to see what's missing.
     
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    Looks like a good starting point.(y)
     
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    Just sent MAPA an email asking for UK dealers see what they say unless anyone has an idea of who may stock these springs.
     
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    try this,
    did a quicky but could not find springs,
    i dealt with them a few months back and were very helpful p&p was a little dear though,

    http://www.mapastore.com/cerca.asp
     
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    Thanks Al-Di looks like I have to register with them to order but they do sell them. I will have a good look at my steps when its dry and then decide what to do. I suspect the springs are broken and may have been removed then someone has tightened up the brackets to stop it coming out that all fits in with my original problem.
     
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    Well the rain went from a deluge to just a downpour so decided to have a good look under. All the pieces of the jigsaw are now falling into place. First the underside has been under-sealed at some point which was a nice surprise but the tame guerilla that lives in the pit had sprayed lots on the step framework this is why it was tight. The springs were in place and not broken but had become weak over the years (2002) but they can be tightened up as one end sits in a slot a 180 degree twist should restore the tension. The problem is that they are covered by the retracted steps when in least tension and when they are accessible in the step out the tension is too much to turn. Next step (no pun intended) is to remove the front bolts and lower the step so that I can turn the spring easier. There is a micro switch but it looks like its never been connected, no wires to be seen might rig up an alarm later. I will post how I get on once its done. Thanks for the help so far.
     
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