Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Bronze Backs

trolling motor stops working

7 posts in this topic

Minnkota Maxxum 74 lb off the bow. Last weekend the motor worked fine for the first few hours, then worked intermittenly the rest of the day. It would turn on briefly after sitting, then shut off again. Running a 01 Ranger with 3 circuit breakers in rear hatch w-On/Off switches, one breaker going to the TM ...bad breaker? Suggestions to try?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Manual breaker or automatic? Are you using the 3 prong plug, if its sloppy I'd replace it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I have this problem. Snipped the plugs off and hard wired it and it lasted all day. I'm bought new plugs I'm going to install and solder them on.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I suppose it's considered manual with the on/off switch. But there are no plugs on the breaker -- it's hard wired. I have 4 wires coming into the rear hatch -- red, orange, white and black. The red and orange are hardwired to their own breakers.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It sounds like something is going on with your breaker - run it in your garage and see if it has the same behavior. If it does use a multimeter and see if you have voltage on the other side of the breaker.

What size breaker are you using?

marine_man

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I had the same thing happen to me this weekend. Turns out that it was the battery nearing the end of it's life. I charged it before I left, ran it two hours, then I got that intermittent problem.

I notice the charge was lower than it should be for just a few hours of use so I brought it in for testing - where I learned something new. I brought it to a local retailer that tested it with a handheld unit - and it checked out. I wanted to see if I could load test it so I brought it to a auto store where they do that. They said they wouldn't load test a deep cycle because they can do more damage than good (made sense when you think about how it's designed for slow release, vs the rapid of a test). So I decided to drive accross town where I prepared to beg for mercy from the retailer. As they pulled out their tester he asked "which posts do you use? It's not uncommon to get different readings from different posts!"

Turns out that the other places tested on the large posts, and when he connected to the small posts I use - it failed!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • Thanks Rebel, very good answer.  I've been keeping track of the pressure for a week, now. 
    • Hey Rebel, what do you consider low and high pressure?  Perhaps a stupid question, but I just got a weather station so now I can start tracking barometric pressure. Right now the numbers don't mean much to me, been around 28-29% in the south metro the past few day and I don't know if that's low, high or middle.
    • Low pressure signals a front moving in, (Bad weather, wind may be  from the east or north) which usually puts them "on the feed", can have some hot and fast action. Likewise, a swing in the other direction, a high pressure system , (wind from the west or south) which signals clear skies and sunny weather, may do the same. The key to me, anyway, seems to be hitting it just as either front moves in. An extended low or long high may result in poor fishing. Remember the old adage, which also has to so with the pressure: "Wind from the east; fish bite the least...wind from the north , the fisherman goes not forth, wind from the south, blows the bait in the fish's mouth; wind from the west, is when the fishing is best". 
    • Those trumpers sure know how to keep things classy.
    • Is it true, the lower the pressure, the bite gets hot? Or the higher the barometric pressure the fish slow down on biting? 
    • Is that like saying "the lights are on, but nobodies  home.?
    • Newsie's where reporting on how the lights are on in the white house at 5am...   "First time in a long long time.."    
    • Beautiful!!! Can I ask what your dry brine for the side pork was?
    • Don't forget to get your Dihydrogen Monoxide detector as well!!! That's what we really need to be worried about!! Especially on and around lakes!
  • Our Sponsors