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Trolling Motor Problem (help)
May 20, 2010
12:23 pm
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I've had my new boat about 5 weeks now. First wo trips everything worked fine. Then for the last 3 trips the trolling motor cuts out on me while running like theirs either a short or bad connection. I move the foot peddle around a lot and sooner or later it gets power again. If moving the peddle around gets it to work, that tells me the problem is wiring.

So I removed all of the electrical tape where the wires from the motor to the power plug are connected and they look good. The prior owner removed a new motor and replaced it with his old 54 lb thrust before selling to me. No issues with bad wiring there.

Could it be a bad fuse? I know there are fuses in the back where my batteries are. They may have got wet once. If moving the peddle helps it work then is can't be a fuse correct?

I appreciate any helpful tips. Spring Tournament is Sat.

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May 20, 2010
1:42 pm
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Mike,

Have you taken off the top of the trolling motor (head). If it is a minn kota there is a controller in there. Make sure all wires are secure. Do any of the wires look burnt on the end? I have blown this controller a few times.. Its a speed control or something..

It depends on what type of fuses you have. I think they make ones that will reset by themselves. Its possible that somewhere there might be a loose connection that is making the motor drawn extra amps and blowing the fuse.. I am not a trolling motor expert, just learned these things from my experiences.. Sorry, I wish I could be more help.

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Sebastian

May 20, 2010
3:00 pm
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Mike I had the exact same problem with mine. It turned out it was the connection where you plug the motor into the boat. When it cuts out hold it to one side or the other and it should come back on. All you have to do is go to Cabelas or somewhere and get a new male and female plug end. It'll be good as new.

ITS NOT THE SIZE OF YOUR BOAT
ITS THE SIZE OF WHATS ON YOUR BUMPBOARD!
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May 20, 2010
3:44 pm
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It's a MotorGuide 54 lb thrust but I'll see if I can remove the top and check wires.
May need to run to cabelas Fri night before the fling.

One thing I did notice is that the plug into the boat/power has 3 wires but the wire from the pedal has only 2 so there's a blue wire not connected to anything. Wondering if thats a ground wire and could be casuing the short.

Thanks for the help Seb and Jeremy.

May 20, 2010
4:01 pm
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Mike you should have a breaker on there Not sure if its automatic?but i had a similar problem mine was a bad breaker.it also could be the aboved mentioned just gotta narrow it down

May 21, 2010
2:58 am
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Mike,if its an electrical problem it will be hot at the location of the problem.

May 21, 2010
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There's a small white plastic box right before/actually part of the attachment to the positive wire where it connects to the celenoid. Is that the breaker? I do not see any other fuses to the trolling motor battery.

May 21, 2010
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my breaker on my oldboat an also on my new boat are mounted infront of the batteries.your main wires should run right into your breaker an than there should be a set that go onto your batteries.

May 21, 2010
11:01 pm
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I agree with getting a new plug. When we fished last time, the motor worked better when I was shoving the plug in. Since the wiring is good now, next thing to look at is the plug. Best of luck Mike. I still can't get my motorguide bowmounted motor to work AT ALL, at least yours works sometimes 😉 Maybe one thing to try is disconnect the plug and hard wire the motor directly to the battery.

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