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I have minn kota e-drive that works fine but the tilt

Customer Question

I have minn kota e-drive that works fine but the tilt actuator has power with the button but it will not go up and down
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Boat
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

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

Do you have a power source, battery or jump box, and some jumper cables?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have the whole battery system charged and connected via extension cord from our house. Batteries are fully charged. Tilt button had power and makes a power noise but no motor movement. It is a lake boat with battery power only - fully charged
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.


We need to test the trim motor. Locate the plug in for it in the electrical box. Disconnect it, apply 12V positive to one lead and 12V negative to the other. The motor should move if it is good. Then reverse the leads to make it go the other way.

Is this something that you can do?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
did not work - it sounds like I have full power but, the tilt is not engaged. Think of a bike with the pedals turning but the chain is not engaged
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

The motor did not run at all?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
sounds like the motor is running but not engaging the motor up and down
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

What you have is a failed trim motor. If you could tell me the year of the motor, I can get you the part number of it.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
any way just to get it down
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

You could remove the pin from the trim motor ram and ring the motor down. The issue there is then that when you put it in Rev, the motor will come up.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Do you know anyone to make house calls in Miramar, florida
Expert:  Charles replied 1 year ago.

That is a question that I cannot answer. I am in the midwest.

From Minn Kota's web site, this is the closest service center to you.

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