The usual problem -
Running Board won't retract.

Its great to have motorised running boards, but they do have their problems.
Firstly, those swivel brackets are in a harsh environment and the bearings can become stiff and start to seize.
Secondly, the motor too is in a harsh environment, and can start to lose its pulling power after a few years of battering by the elements.

The usual scenario is that the running board wont retract when it should, but if you help it along with your foot, it does.
This can be a symptom of a fault in either the bracket bearings or the motor, so we suggest you liberally spray those bearings with penetrating lubricant, and allow it to work its way well in.
If that doesn't do the trick, you need to strip down the board and check out the bearings on the bench.
The bearings are only nylon coated steel, so they wont last forever.
We stock them - see the list below
If they're OK, then you need a new motor - choose from the list below.
For how to dismantle the boards, and remove the motor from the bracket, see our Teardown page.

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Ford Expedition / Lincoln Navigator
2007-2014 motor
(Replaces Dorman No. 747-900)

Suitable for the standard 119" wheelbase, and for the extended length versions (EL / L).
They are exact replacements for the original Dorman motor (the hinge/bracket is not included).
Aftermarket running boards may be different, so please do check your motor appearance and ensure your connector is as shown.
Original Ford p/n 9L7Z16A506A / 9L7Z16A507A
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Ford Expedition / Lincoln Navigator
2015-2017 motor

Suitable for the standard 119" wheelbase, and for the extended length versions (EL / L).
They are exact replacements for the original Dorman motor (the hinge/bracket is not included).
Aftermarket running boards may be different, so please do check your motor appearance and ensure your connector is as shown.
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Ford F-150
2009-2014 motor

These are exact replacements for the original Dorman motor .
We do not include the hinge/bracket, but we do offer a full set of 18 bearings so you can refurbish your old ones.
Aftermarket running boards may be different, so please do check your motor appearance and ensure your connector is as shown.
Original Ford p/n LEFT FSM0T1 / FSM0V6 / FSM1P8 , RIGHT FSM0T2 / FSM0V7 / FSM1P7

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LEFT / RIGHT refers to - as viewed from inside the cab, facing forwards.
If your vehicle is intended to drive on the right hand side of the road, order a left motor for the drivers side, or a right for the passenger side.

left right meaning

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Ford F-150 / Expedition
2009-2017
Hinge bracket bearing set

The nylon-on-steel bearings tend to get gummed-up and/or worn out.
Replacing the whole hinge bracket is expensive.
Take the economy route by just replacing the bearings.
We stock a full set of 16 small and 2 large bearings, enough for both hinges on one side.

Set of Ford running board bearings

Dismantling Old Hinges

In general the process is to set up a press or vice to push out the pins whilst gently heating the surrounding metal.
The bearings will then pretty much just fall out

Reassembly

The bearings are slightly oversize as supplied
Prepare the bearings for correct fit by passing a Dremel grinding disc along the join.
The new bearings will then just push in.
Then refit the pins using a press or vice and heat as before.

Send us your email address after purchase and we'll send you a pdf of the full process in detail



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Dispatch and Tracking

Motor delivery is via our US stockist, usually by USPS or Fedex and usually takes 5-7 days from date of order, for customers in the US.
(Other destinations may take longer)
Bearings are dispatched from the UK by Royal Mail, usually taking 5-6 working days.

We will send you tracking information on request.

Customs Duty Free

We guarantee, for customers in the USA, you will not be surcharged for any type of import duty.
 

Running Board Solutions for your vehicle.

Click on one of the links
below for more information
on economical solutions.

 


 

Customer satisfaction guarantee

Customer Satisfaction
Guarantee to our customers

All our products carry a full 1 year guarantee.
If a fault should develop at any time over the 12 month period, simply return for a free replacement or repair.

If, for any reason, you are unhappy with your purchase on receipt, simply return within 30 days for a full refund including P&P.