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I just installed my inn Kota e drive. All plug and play.

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I just installed my inn Kota e drive. All plug and play. Forward and trim works but not reverse
Submitted: 2 months ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Hello, my name is***** will assist you.

Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Do you hear any clicking when you place the control into reverse?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
no I did not
Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Is the E-drive a 2016?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Ok, do you have a multimeter to do some testing?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
I do
Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Ok, first do you have any indications coming up on the helm screen?

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
It shows power as it ramps up and down with the throttle.
Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Ok, are you getting thrust when it is in FWD and no movement at all in REV?

Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Make sure that the E-Drive throttle assembly is properly plugged in. Remove the throttle cable plug from the underside of the throttle assembly and examine the throttle cable pins in the throttle assembly for damage/straightness. (Several dealers/riggers have bent the pins in the throttle assembly when attempting to connect the throttle cable.) Be sure to line up the polarizing key in the plug and receptacle before pushing together then twist the plug collar to secure the connection. If the pins are bent or damaged, the throttle assembly will need to be replaced.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
checked connectors at both ends - no damaged or broken pins. Your gonna have to get more technical with this
Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Remove the cover over the control board and inspect all connections there. If they all look good. Locate the red and the black leads that go to the motor. disconnect them, take a good battery and apply 12V between the red and the black. With the positive on the red, the motor should run FWD, then reverse the leads and see if the motor will now run in REV.

Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Also make sure that the pins on the plug that go to the board are good.

Customer: replied 2 months ago.
ok - checked it out , disconnnected the leads and connected to a 12 v battery. the motor runs in reverse and forward
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
everything looks new
Customer: replied 2 months ago.
it still will not go into reverse with the throttle
Expert:  Charles replied 2 months ago.

Sorry for the delay, I had to man the grill and cook dinner for the family.

For the drive, either the helm assemble is bad or one of the cables has an open in it.

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