Windshield vent motor

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  1. Rssll45

    Rssll45 Member GOLD Sponsor

    65
    Feb 16, 2009
    New Orleans
    1998 450DA
    Cat 3126
    Has anyone replaced the motor assembly that opens the windshield vent? Mine just quit working and it appears that it is getting power when the dashboard switch is depressed. Wires all look OK. Guess it's one of many thing that don't work forever. Anyone know the manufacturer or where I can get the part?

    1998 450DA
     
  2. dpmulvey

    dpmulvey New Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 19, 2007
    Homeport: Charles City, VA
    1999/2007 330 Sundancer Hardtop.
    6.2 Merc Horixons
    1.5:1 Velvet Drives
    Assist it by hand with someone holding the switch. Lube the exteneded ram with WD 40 or the like and run it a couple of times and see if that helps. I was in the same situation and found this out quite by accident when I oversprayed some PB2 on the actuator when cleaning the dash.

    It's worth a shot.
     
  3. JC3

    JC3 Active Member

    Oct 6, 2006
    Kentucky
    N/A
    N/A
    David is Right. Mine did the same thing because it sat for 5 months.The window "sticks".
    Did as David suggested and presto it works. Good Luck, JC
     
  4. RonF

    RonF New Member

    411
    Oct 4, 2006
    N. Palm Beach, FL
    310 Sundancer 1999
    Mercruiser Mag 350 MPI, V-drives
    Another vote for lubing the shaft. I use white lithium grease.
     
  5. Pseudomind

    Pseudomind Active Member

    Jul 1, 2008
    Jacksonville, FL
    2011 Hurricane with Magic Tilt Trailer
    115 HP Yamaha Four Stroke
    Ditto here also! :thumbsup:
     
  6. Skip

    Skip Active Member

    Oct 5, 2006
    Potomac River/Chesapeake Bay
    07 52 DB
    Truly Blessed III
    R6800 CRM MANs
    Thundering Towers of Teutonic Torque
    2010 Nautica 12' RIB,
    MAN R6800 CRMs
    The windshield vent linear actuator on my 03 420DA failed this season. No amount of lube, jiggling the vent, swearing at it, etc. would fix the problem. I ordered a new actuator from the dealer. $335, or about as much as the much larger linear actuators that lift the ER hatch in a 420/44DA. It is a relatively simple swap to install the new actuator.
     
  7. 370Dancer

    370Dancer Member

    694
    Oct 2, 2006
    Florida - Alabama
    1998 370 Sundancer
    380hp MAG MPI V drives
    steal the one from the power helm seat, unless you move that back and forth a lot
     
  8. Hampton

    Hampton Air Defense Dept TECHNICAL Contributor

    Nov 26, 2006
    Panama City, Fl
    2008 44 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSC-500's
    Straight Drives
    I wonder if one of your local generator shops, or other electric motor shop, could fix that thing for you. They fixed my windlass motor for $75.
     
  9. Rssll45

    Rssll45 Member GOLD Sponsor

    65
    Feb 16, 2009
    New Orleans
    1998 450DA
    Cat 3126
    Thanks for the suggestions. I'll certainly try to lube it first, although it just seems dead (don't have one on my helm seat). Guess anything you can fix for $335 is not too bad. Right now I'm having a problem getting the screw aout of the front clip (that goes around the tube attached to the windshield. Cain't budge it even with an impact driver) -too much salt water. Thanks again.

    1998 450DA
     
  10. Dancin Dave

    Dancin Dave Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rowayton, Ct
    580 SSS 1997
    CAT 3408 800 hp
    I did not have good luck with the white l grease, in time it will slow things down, its to heavy and will thicken and gunk up. I would release it from the window , spin the shaft out and clean and heavily irrigate the shaft and housing with zep preserve or wd 40.Also never open the hatch all the way as it will stick open.
     
  11. kellertb

    kellertb New Member

    120
    Jan 13, 2009
    clearwater, fla
    2005 390 sundancer
    twin 8.1 liter HO gas engines
    mine went out today on my 2005 390 sundancer. i get a click when i hit the down switch but no noise when i try to open the vent. i will try lube tomorrow and i already tried pushing it by hand while someone hit the switch.
     
  12. Captain Allen

    Captain Allen Member

    330
    Feb 2, 2009
    Coastal North Carolina
    370 EC 1994
    454 Mercruisers, straight drives
    Related question...has anyone replaced the rubber gasket around the windshield vent? If so, where do you find the material?
     
  13. Jaws

    Jaws Member GOLD Sponsor

    549
    Nov 13, 2007
    Sarnia, Ontario
    460 Sundancer 2002
    Cummins 8.3 6CTA
    Yes, I just ordered it from my Sea Ray dealer this year because of a leak. It was expensive! But, no more leak now.
     
  14. Captain Allen

    Captain Allen Member

    330
    Feb 2, 2009
    Coastal North Carolina
    370 EC 1994
    454 Mercruisers, straight drives
    I guess I'll bite the bullet and call MM parts. Thanks.
     
  15. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    In earlier threads on this subject, a number of posters said that it is not a good idea to open the vent window to the stop. I know that doesn't help you out now, but it is a practice that may help prolong the life of your next motor.
     
  16. kellertb

    kellertb New Member

    120
    Jan 13, 2009
    clearwater, fla
    2005 390 sundancer
    twin 8.1 liter HO gas engines
    thank you all. i disconnected the motor on both ends, unscrewed the shaft and hit it with wd40. works perfectly now.
     
  17. carterchapman

    carterchapman Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor SILVER Sponsor

    Mar 25, 2008
    Lake Chickamauga/Marietta, GA/Ft. Myers, FL
    2006 Sea Ray 58 DB
    MAN CRM V8-900s, Twin Disc Drives; Onan 21.5 Generator
    Great news. Another $ saving for a forum member.
     
  18. Rssll45

    Rssll45 Member GOLD Sponsor

    65
    Feb 16, 2009
    New Orleans
    1998 450DA
    Cat 3126
    I started this thread-here's the end result. Sea Ray's part is now $379 and has only 4" travel vs. 6" for the old one. It is a light duty linear accuator made by Warner Electric. They have a new series of model numbers which they can convert. From what I have now it can be prchased for around $200 (with the origional 6" travel).
     
  19. Dancin Dave

    Dancin Dave Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Oct 9, 2006
    Rowayton, Ct
    580 SSS 1997
    CAT 3408 800 hp
    I called the mfg here in ct and it was 250 for the same unit, just dont tell them its for a searay, otherwise they may refer you back to them.
     
  20. ray306

    ray306 New Member

    171
    Jun 26, 2007
    Hollywood, Fl
    sundancer 350 1990
    502 mpi
    I had the same problem. Just get the numbers off your actuator and call the distributor (mine was a 512-09a4-06). Here is Warners homepage; go to distributor locator http://www.warnerelectric.com/productsframe.htm, put in your zip and Voila! the name of your distributor. For me in Florida it was Power & Pumps (954)584-1340. They sold it to me for $223 which included shipping. Local Sea Ray dealer $379.

    Ray
     

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