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  • Minn Kota trolling motor woes

    Posted by Deleted User on June 10, 2015 at 11:16 pm

    I have a One year old Minn Kota 65 trolling motor that’s acting demon possessed. It seems to run fine when I test it in my garage, but when I get in the water it barely turns the prop at all. Like slow motion and regardless of the speed or setting. I have tested all batteries and they check out fine. It’s happened the last several times I’ve been out. Maddening! It’s still under warranty but only one place services and it’s a two week wait at least. Hoping for a quick fix or finding a qualified excorist. Any ideas?

    Deleted User replied 9 years, 1 month ago 6 Members · 10 Replies
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  • Dakota

    Member
    June 11, 2015 at 1:00 am

    Have you taken off the prop and checked for fishing line?? It may run ok when you test it in the garage, but if there is fishing line wrapped and you turn it on in the water the resistance may stop the prop from turning at the proper thrust? Just a thought…

  • naronrk

    Member
    June 11, 2015 at 2:45 am

    Have you checked the voltage coming out the outlet where the tolling motor plugs in,, could be something from the batteries to it…

  • triton98

    Member
    June 11, 2015 at 3:44 am

    Where do u normally put in at? What dock?

  • triton98

    Member
    June 11, 2015 at 3:56 am

    Thinking about it. And assuming it is a 24vdc motor you are probably only running off one leg 12vdc. It will run good without a load on it but no power with a load. Such as trying to pull the boat. Some have a overload contact coming directly off the batteries. They will have a little push button reset on the bottom side. If yours has these push them in and see if one clicks. If it does try it and see what it does now. Let us know. There are a few other things to look at.

  • halfbass

    Member
    June 11, 2015 at 1:24 pm

    I have a friend in Miss that runs a Terrova 55lb. His was doing the same thing and it was deemed to be a bad motor…you could hold the prop still at full power and no it was not a prop pin. Minn Kota replaced the entire motor free under warranty.

  • Deleted User

    Deleted User
    June 11, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    First, thanks for the quick and great feedback. It’s one of the many things I love about this forum. SO…..I took off the prop and it does appear to have had a bunch of fishing line jammed up inside. Duh! Haven’t taken it out to test yet, but I’m hopeful that’s all it was. At least I don’t feel quite as ignorant as I did when I took my boat to the shop and dropped it off because the engine wouldn’t start. They called the next day to tell me the kill switch had been flipped. Hard to blame that on someone else when I was the only one in the boat! Can you tell I’m a first-time boat owner? Thanks again to all.

  • Dakota

    Member
    June 14, 2015 at 12:48 am

    Well hopefully that helps the motor next time out. The good news is we all have been first time boat owners. Happy fishing!!

  • jard

    Member
    June 14, 2015 at 3:04 am

    I would test the batteries too with just a simple voltage meter. charge them up and then let them sit a while to settle off the charger. I found I had a bad battery that caused this in mine. If I tested it right after a full charge, it tested great. About 3 hours later, it tested aweful so it wasnt holding any type of charge at all.

  • triton98

    Member
    June 17, 2015 at 6:44 am

    Are trolling good and back on the water.

  • Deleted User

    Deleted User
    June 17, 2015 at 10:58 pm

    Yes. Got out yesterday and it’s working fine now. Thanks for asking and for all the input.

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