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Grass
Posted 9/14/2009 12:44 PM (#399629)
Subject: Minn Kota won't turn left




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Location: Seymour, WI
I've got a Minn Kota Auto Pilot 65 lb thrust trolling motor. It's about 5 yrs old. I'm using the foot pedal to control the boat, but it will not turn left anymore.
Wondering what's wrong with it?

Thanks,

Grass
Will Schultz
Posted 9/14/2009 12:51 PM (#399633 - in reply to #399629)
Subject: Re: Minn Kota won't turn left





Location: Grand Rapids, MI
Your pedal is bad you can get a new one from Minnkota or many larger boat dealers carry replacements ($65-75). I'm impressed that yours lasted 5 years, mine barely make it a year (600 hours).
Mad Musky
Posted 9/14/2009 2:40 PM (#399649 - in reply to #399629)
Subject: RE: Minn Kota won't turn left




Posts: 280


Had the same problem with mine. Lot of people told me it was not repairable and that I should buy a new one. The pedal is a very simple design and I was able to fix mine using a piece of electrical tape underneath the PCB. This raised the PCB contacts a little closer to the plastic mechanism that wears over time. A simple fix that may get you another year or two out of the pedal.
Roughneck1860
Posted 9/14/2009 7:00 PM (#399713 - in reply to #399649)
Subject: RE: Minn Kota won't turn left





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Location: Southern Ontario, Detroit River and Lake StClair
Mad Musky - 9/14/2009 3:40 PM

Had the same problem with mine. Lot of people told me it was not repairable and that I should buy a new one. The pedal is a very simple design and I was able to fix mine using a piece of electrical tape underneath the PCB. This raised the PCB contacts a little closer to the plastic mechanism that wears over time. A simple fix that may get you another year or two out of the pedal.



Bingo!!!!......and we have a winner. This is a quick fix that 8 out of 10 times works great.

Tim
VMS
Posted 9/14/2009 8:22 PM (#399733 - in reply to #399629)
Subject: Re: Minn Kota won't turn left





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Location: Elk River, Minnesota
+2 on the tape idea. What happens over time is the contact area gets worn down...a little tape builds it back up and you are all set to go. Also gives you a chance to get all the dirt that can accumulate under there out...

Steve
archerynut36
Posted 9/15/2009 8:12 PM (#400008 - in reply to #399629)
Subject: Re: Minn Kota won't turn left





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Location: syracuse indiana
can some one post some pics of what and where the tape goes.. i have taken older controls apart and i think i can do this to mine but just to make sure where the tape goes...bill
muskymartin67
Posted 9/16/2009 7:46 AM (#400080 - in reply to #399629)
Subject: Re: Minn Kota won't turn left





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Location: Delavan, WI
I have done the same repair, but used automotive grade liquid silicone instead- a little more durable and weather proof!
Robert
Posted 5/30/2023 12:32 PM (#1021165 - in reply to #399649)
Subject: RE: Minn Kota won't turn left


can you tell me where you put the tape or a picture of it, so I can try to fix mine? I have tried everything to fix it.
muskymartin67
Posted 5/31/2023 8:46 AM (#1021194 - in reply to #399629)
Subject: Re: Minn Kota won't turn left





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Location: Delavan, WI
This thread is from 2009 I no longer own this style trolling motor and very vaguely remember the repair sorry can't be of any help might be best to get a new pedal or trolling motor
RLSea
Posted 5/31/2023 9:52 PM (#1021253 - in reply to #399629)
Subject: Re: Minn Kota won't turn left




Posts: 486


Location: Northern Illinois
Robert do you have a hand control and if so, does your motor turn left with it?
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