So, the other day I received my three replacement slide motors (the fourth slide in the master bedroom is a different gear/motor set-up) from Jayco. This was in response to a warranty issue dealing with my living room slide being stuck open and would not retract even with the 9V battery procedure as stated in the owner's manual. Jayco wanted to swap out all three of the OEM motors; even though only the larger living room slides had been failing.
A proactive approach and one that I agreed with - until today... What a PIA! But, I managed to replace the living room slide motor without cutting anything with a blowtorch
Keep in mind that the LR slide motor is next to the axles = not much room to work in. The biggest issue was removing and reinstalling the bars that connect to the cogs that move the slide. When the shear pins are installed, they seat themselves and the bar and slide pins compress and form around each other (by the way, I had plenty of pictures, but, my wife thinks the camera formatted the card). Using a larger screwdriver and rubber mallet, I was able to get them off to pull the OEM motor. The replacement unit was just as difficult to get on due to the compressed bar.
I will say that the replacement motors sound better than the OEM (made in China); let's hope they last longer. Tomorrow I tackle the rear slides. Already prepped them - lots more room to work in!