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Anyone else have quirky deployable side steps? The ones on my '19 RR HSE TD6 have never functioned the way the manual states they should. Both always deploy whenever one door is opened. My right one never stores when the left one stores and sometimes doesn't for several hundred feet after driving off. My store hasn't had a lot of customers who order them so hasn't seen many problems. Doing a software upgrade next week but it doesn't mention anything about the DSS. We'll see but was wondering about anyone else having these issues.
 

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I have these exact same issues, to the T, and my dealer has no idea how to fix it. I’ll mention it again next time it’s in.

The only time it’s been a real issue is off-roading. I don’t prefer to disable them because my 5’ wife has a real hard time hoping in when in off road height.
 

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I have an MY 18 SDV8 and the deployable side steps are working good even if I sometimes get ”side steps not available” message at the from day to another faulty infotainment system.
 

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I also get the side steps not available error every now and then. At one point I ended up driving with one stuck out. Switched the car off and on again a few times. I was thinking it was a hardware fault but now wondering if it is software? Dealer has checked connections etc and all is ok.
 

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Joining this thread now too...

I had the Side Steps Not Available notice on the ICTP as well. The steps were working fine, though. The logic does seem to be a bit different than in the 2016. For example, when the 2016 was left unlocked, the steps would deploy and be ready. In the 2019, they stow.

The dealer did install a software update to the steps. Too early to tell. Would note that both deploy when the passenger door opened, but not when driver’s door. They sometimes stay extended, but seem to retract within 10-20 feet of driving.

Will keep all posted.


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I too have the deplorable side steps that I did not really want on my 2014 Supercharged but came with it. The only problems I have noticed are a rattle when going over bumpy off road trails, and the fact that the manual switch on the under-dash position on the driver's side does not seem to work, not really an issue but I assumed it was there for some reason.

OTOH they are great for the smaller people in the family and seem so strong that even though they slightly reduce the breakover angle I decided to keep them as "rock sliders" that will protect the rocker panel area of the bodywork.

Cheers

John
 

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my 2013 rover side steps also has quirks, sometimes works fine.. other times one wont deploy..... sometimes rinsing underneath has fixed it... but not always... I have no idea why one day it works and then next it doesn't.
 

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I have a 2012 RR SC with the deployable side steps. I had problems with them failing to deploy. I would open the door and they would deploy partly and then automatically retract. I came close to ordering the control module for them. I saw it was a very labor-intensive job to replace the modules (buried underneath dashboard behind knee wall) so I decided first to apply lube to the elbow & shoulder joints. It solved the problem. They ride under the truck and do not fair well with road dirt, salt and grime. I would try spraying the joints with penetrating lubricant before attempting anything else.
 

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Got car back yesterday after software update. Both steps are still deploying when the drivers door is opened though now it's intermittent, instead of constant. It's having to go back in since the Apple CarPlay I had installed is DOA and there a couple of trim pieces that were missing and we're waiting for. As usual in JLR world, "maybe next time the fix will happen".

I have these exact same issues, to the T, and my dealer has no idea how to fix it. I’ll mention it again next time it’s in.

The only time it’s been a real issue is off-roading. I don’t prefer to disable them because my 5’ wife has a real hard time hoping in when in off road height.
 

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My 2013 range rover vogue has the deployable side steps, but starting about a week ago. The drivers side deploys partly and goes straight back in. I must say it was really muddy, but have washed since and still hasn't solved the issue. Anyone have any thoughts on a solution? Passenger side works perfectly fine.
 

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I too have the deplorable side steps that I did not really want on my 2014 Supercharged but came with it. The only problems I have noticed are a rattle when going over bumpy off road trails, and the fact that the manual switch on the under-dash position on the driver's side does not seem to work, not really an issue but I assumed it was there for some reason.

OTOH they are great for the smaller people in the family and seem so strong that even though they slightly reduce the breakover angle I decided to keep them as "rock sliders" that will protect the rocker panel area of the bodywork.

Cheers

John
It does work if you follow the procedure.
 
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