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Old 03-06-2018, 07:27 PM
fbrewer fbrewer is offline
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Default Flap Motor

Ok, so a month ago our intermittent electric flaps stopped working.

I had time to take it appart today.

After I removed the two triangular side panels, I was able to access the support bracket that held the flap motor.

I removed the flap motor from the support bracket and then removed the flap motor from the rotating spindle.

Before disconecting any electrical connections, I tried the flap motor both up and down. You guessed it, the motor ran flawlessley.

When looking at the flap motor, the worm gear had lots of grease on it, but I could not see any grease moving down the spindle into the motor.

I then re-connected the flap motor to the rotating spindle and tested again. Worked perfectly.

Finally, I had someone operate the flap switch up and down while I held the flap motor and moved it around to see if I had any shorts or breakage in the electrical connection to the flap motor.

Nothing! It all worked perfectly.

Before I put back about 30 screws to re-secure the flap actuator assembly to the support bracket, and re-secure the two triangular side panels, I thought I would check with the brain trust here for any other suggestions.
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Old 03-06-2018, 10:43 PM
Bevan Bevan is offline
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I too had an intermittent flap motor. I took it out and took it apart. I didnít see the grease problem others have had. In fact, I couldnít find any problem at all. Replaced the motor and have not had a problem since.

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Old 03-06-2018, 11:24 PM
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Default Gremlins

Little gremlins hiding in with them electrons somewhere? But could have been chased out by your take-apart- put-back- together ( my lame attempt at some levity to ease your frustration) .
It could be poor wire connection and you moved it enough to work again, possibly also wearing of the switch contacts, sometimes just taking something apart and back together fixes it without a "smoking gun" particularly when it's an electrical contractor issue
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Old 03-07-2018, 12:18 AM
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erich weaver erich weaver is offline
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On the other hand, flap motor failure is a common problem. I thought I had fixed it twice. On the third time I gave up and bought a new motor directly from the manufacturer rather than the assembly from Vans to save some cash. Problem solved. My prediction is that you will be having this problem again in the not too distant future.

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