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Problems with trolling motor, Help?

by , Posted to on 05/12/2008 7:40 PM | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2001
Location: ND
I have the co-pilot on my Minnkota trolling motor and this year when I got the boat in the water the trolling motor works fine but it doesn't make the beeping sound when I push the speed button up or down like it use to? Anybody got any ideas or thoughts?

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Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 04:14 AM | Reply #1 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/15/2002
Location: ND
Pro V1, Same here, My Copilot no longer beeps, I have had it since they first came out and the beep stopped after about two years, It still works fine other than that. I wear hearing aids and thought that might be why I couldn't hear it any more. Hope someone has help for the problem.
Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 05:08 AM | Reply #2 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/16/2004
Location: ND
Try holding down either both of the speed up and speed down buttons for a couple seconds or both of the left and right keys for a few seconds (pretty sure speed up and speed down). Mine did the same, this fixed it. It also has a mode with constant beep while the motor was on, hated that function, couldnt keep but to think it was a timer for a blow up function.

I too, like the beep with speed changes; I know if the motor is responding.

YES, I am that foolish!

Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 06:43 AM | Reply #3 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2007
Location: ND
I have one also but the beeps are still there for now but if if goes out I will try that as well. Since we are on the subject I am having a problem with my trolling motor. On the river sometimes going upstream in the highest speed it will beep a few times then shut off. The speed goes all the way down to the lowest speed and then when you take it all the way up to the highest speed to get into a spot it will continueously shut off. Any words of advice for this?
Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 07:55 AM | Reply #4 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/09/2002
Location: ND
Hunt2live,

Sounds like the motor is shutting down in response to an overheating problem.

Take it into Scheels and see if they can help you determine if that is that case. Once the motor cools sufficiently, and in 40-odd degree water that shouldn't take long, it will work fine for a spell and do it again.

Only problem with this theory is that I don't know for sure what, if any, thermal protection is built into Minnkota motors. Just an observation on other electric motors with thermal protection.
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Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 09:10 AM | Reply #5 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2007
Location: ND
Allen,
Thanks, thinking about it now, that seems to be the biggest thing is when I run it hard. I will have them take a look at it.
Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 10:52 AM | Reply #6 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/15/2002
Location: ND
My new Autopilot also shuts down when I run it for an extended time when the water warms up. It usually take only about a minute to cool enough to go again. I changed the breaker to higher amp and it didn't help. I just try to run it at a low speed as I can to help. It was new last year.
Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 11:50 AM | Reply #7 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/15/2005
Location: ND
Hunt2Live,

I had the same problem with mine a couple of years ago, took it to Scheels and they ran it for 3 hours and they never had a problem with it. The guy at Scheels told me it was either a bad battery or a bad connection.

I had both batteries tested and they were ok. But I did notice that I would get a small amount of corrsion around the posts. So I cleaned the posts and sprayed battery terminal protecter on all the posts and connections, it seemed to clear up the problem never had a problem with it last year.
Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 12:04 PM | Reply #8 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 11/07/2007
Location: ND
Thanks for all the advice. I thought it might be the battery also but it is pretty new. I will look at the battery and the connection again but I think they are both good. Sometimes I tend to run it pretty hard in the current so I will pay more attention to letting it cool down. Thanks again
Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 12:14 PM | Reply #9 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/15/2005
Location: ND
My batteries were only a year old when I started have this problem, but it seemed like the smallest amount of corrosion would shut it down. My trolling motor batteries are some what tough to get to so I was willing to try anything rather than tear the boat apart out on the water usually in 25-30 mph winds.

Hope it helps.
Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 12:14 PM | Reply #10 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/15/2005
Location: ND
My batteries were only a year old when I started have this problem, but it seemed like the smallest amount of corrosion would shut it down. My trolling motor batteries are some what tough to get to so I was willing to try anything rather than tear the boat apart out on the water usually in 25-30 mph winds.

Hope it helps.
Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 6:24 PM | Reply #11 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/16/2001
Location: ND
Mine did that once,thought it was my batery but it wasn't found out I had to reset it. On the moter there is a reset to reprogram the remotes. try that.
Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/13/2008 8:43 PM | Reply #12 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 12/28/2001
Location: ND
I talked to the Minnkota guy on the phone today and he said to hold the + & - at the same time. I know somebody mentioned that earlier but I don't recall who it was or I would give you credit where credit is due. He said that the motor has 3 options. silent, beeping and a chirp.

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Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/14/2008 04:59 AM | Reply #13 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 08/16/2004
Location: ND
yay, that was me. Do not go with the constant beep, REALLY annoying mode.

YES, I am that foolish!

Re: Problems with trolling motor, Help?
by on 05/14/2008 06:02 AM | Reply #14 | "Quote" | "Quick Reply" |

Joined: 01/15/2002
Location: ND
Well after all the discussion I decided to look at the owners manual on my motor and there it is, Instructions on setting the beep. Guess I was too lazy to look at it before.
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