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How to test trolling motor????

Old 12-29-2013, 04:21 PM
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Default How to test trolling motor????

Got a MK 24 volt trolling motor and last year it quit working.. My boat mechanic took it to local service place and they fixed it

Plugged it in couple times and it worked fine but the next time I tried it nothing, do not even hear the "chirp" when I plug it in

I am assuming that I should check my plug in as well

Can I use one of those electrical testers to check and make sure I am getting power to the plug at least, then I can tell if it is the TM

Also how long do this things last, guess this one is about 8-10 years old and used quite a bit

Even though I would love to have on the the Ipilot I hate to drop the $$ on one right now but have a few weeks before I get slammed at my office and the way we fish for stripers here it is a necessity

By way I have checked my breaker, or at least flipped it back and forth to make sure it works but was wondering if those go bad also
Old 12-29-2013, 08:43 PM
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Here are what have caused me problems: check the TM plug and receptacle; they corrode. After fighting that battle for a decade, I straight-wired the TM. Ditto on the battery connections; clean, bright, and tight.. Then the in-line 50-amp breaker; they fail. Are the batteries actually charged? If a foot-control unit, are the connections in the pedal tight and clean? If all those issues are OK, it sounds like you either need a pro to check out the unit, or toss it and get an iPilot.

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