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Old 04-03-2018, 06:38 AM
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Got a new iPilot Riptide 36v last June (2017), and have used it about 6 weekends. This weekend it started making a whining sound and shortly thereafter, it locked up. Can barely turn the prop with my hands. Can feel a "crunchy" feel when turning, like bearings have seized perhaps. I can't neccesarily see any signs of salt water entry, but I guess it's possible.

Anyone else experienced this? How painful is the MK warranty process?

I'll let you know how it works for me!
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:49 AM
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Warranty process for me was easy. Once the repair shop diagnosed the issue Min Kota shipped the parts the next day and I had my motor back a few days later. Good luck, hopefully the parts are on the shelf at the service center you use.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:54 AM
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MK warranty is super responsive. Find a reputable dealer. If unsure, call the MinnKota 800 number and they'll direct you.
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Old 04-03-2018, 07:00 AM
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I had an issue, super easy to deal with. Apparently there is an upgraded seal, anyway mine has worked fine since.
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Old 04-03-2018, 03:58 PM
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Just ordered a Motor Guide today, I've always had Minn Kota but figured WTH ... went in to the dealer and saw 100;s of TR's lined up against the wall, piled up like cordwood ... most were Minn Kotas with a few Motor Guides in there and before anyone gets defensive the Minn Kotas far out number Motor Guide in sales so there will usually be more of them to repair ... all I'm saying is for what you pay for these things it seems like they don't last too long ...

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Old 04-03-2018, 05:49 PM
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Originally Posted by boat user View Post
Just ordered a Motor Guide today, I've always had Minn Kota but figured WTH ... went in to the dealer and saw 100;s of TR's lined up against the wall, piled up like cordwood ... most were Minn Kotas with a few Motor Guides in there and before anyone gets defensive the Minn Kotas far out number Motor Guide in sales so there will usually be more of them to repair ... all I'm saying is for what you pay for these things it seems like they don't last too long ...

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If I sold a 100 cars to your 1 I'm sure I'd have warranty work on 10 while you had 0. Minn Kota is dominating the market right now so much so that I'm willing to bet they easily out sale Motorguide and Rhodan combined. Seeing a bunch of Minn Kota trolling motors in the repair shop isn't necessarily a bad thing.
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Old 04-03-2018, 06:44 PM
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Just had to take my 24v riptide in for repairs. It was relatively painless. I just looked up a warranty approved service shop on their site, called the dealer to confirm they'd work on it, and dropped the boat off. Few weeks later, signed a piece of paper and drove the boat home.
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Old 04-04-2018, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by boat user View Post
Just ordered a Motor Guide today, I've always had Minn Kota but figured WTH ... went in to the dealer and saw 100;s of TR's lined up against the wall, piled up like cordwood ... most were Minn Kotas with a few Motor Guides in there and before anyone gets defensive the Minn Kotas far out number Motor Guide in sales so there will usually be more of them to repair ... all I'm saying is for what you pay for these things it seems like they don't last too long ...

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Just my experience, but having owned both Minn Kota and Motorguide, I'd either get another Minn Kota or spend the extra and buy a Rhodan. See my other thread about what less than 3 years of use has done to my Motorguide

Anyone having this issue with their xi-5 Motorguide trolling motor?
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Old 04-04-2018, 09:22 AM
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Originally Posted by boat user;11295232 [color=#e74c3c
before anyone gets defensive the Minn Kotas far out number Motor Guide in sales so there will usually be more of them to repair
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If I sold a 100 cars to your 1 I'm sure I'd have warranty work on 10 while you had 0. Minn Kota is dominating the market right now so much so that I'm willing to bet they easily out sale Motorguide and Rhodan combined. Seeing a bunch of Minn Kota trolling motors in the repair shop isn't necessarily a bad thing.
.... all you can do is try ...

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Update: Brought my MK to the closest authorized repair center, Ascension Trolling Motor Repair in Gonzales, LA on the Tuesday after it failed. Carl called me the following Monday, said it was ready to go. Picked it up Tuesday. Not dollars exchanged. Yay! Haven't got to test it yet, but the transaction was painless and quick.

Paraphrased, Carl told me that the magnets had basically crumbled apart. No idea what causes such. He said MK replaced the entire motor and shaft.

IMO, affordable trolling motors are going to fail. They take a beating when in use or just taking a ride, then we dunk em in salt water and they work their ass off for a several hours, then we let them ride back on the bow, then load them on a trailer for another few hours. Wasn't bad enough, so we have them put a little computer in them to make them more fragile. As long as they can give me a pain free warranty for a while, that's about the best we can hope for. I wish I could do without one.
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