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Hi Ralph, my name is Jason
The electric trim motor could be on it's way out or it could be burnt trim relays causing a drop in voltage do the trim motor. What you would do is disconnect the trim motor from the relays and jump it right to the battery. The wires you want are going to be a large blue and a large green. If you touch blue to positive and green to negative it will trim up, if you reverse the wires it will trim down. What you want to see is if it still labors or not when jumping the motor to the battery. If it does not labor, then the relays are starting to burn up, causing a drop in voltage. If it still labors, the trim motor itself is starting to burn up. Does that make sense.
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Good morning and sorry for the delay. When you replied back last night I had already logged off fore the evening. Mercury engines are cataloged by serial number, let me get the serial number on your engine, and I will get you a picture showing the relays location.