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Minn Kota Riptide won't turn

When I push the remote to change directions, it makes a small buzz but does not turn. It feels like it does not have enough power but that is not the problem since it has full thrust power. Any thoughts?

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SOURCE: I have the Minn Kota

if it is not steering with the remote - then the problem could be something as simple as the switching relay,, or a bad pin / wire in the plug,, or it could be a bad servo motor.
the best way to trouble shoot the unit would be to open the case and use volt meter to trace the voltage flow. also make sure you are getting power to and thru the remote as I have seen the control buttons go bad.
if you are still having troubles and have more questions - please feel free to write me back here and I will do my best to walk you through the steps needed to fix or trouble shoot more.
have a great night,


Posted on Feb 21, 2011

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SOURCE: The autopilot for my 2006 Minn Kota Riptide 55lb

Some common issue with these are as follows.
The polarity some how got reversed, either when changing batteries or chaging them. A ligning strike can cause an issue like this as well, it doesn't need to hit the boat cause a problem just close by is enough.
There is a magneto that can short out as well, minn kota can supply a replacement if yours is arcing.
Can also be something as simple as the switching relay,, or a bad pin / wire in the plug,, or it could be a bad servo motor.
the best way to trouble shoot the unit would be to open the case and use volt meter to trace the voltage flow. also make sure you are getting power to and thru the remote as I have seen the control buttons go bad.
Take the side panel off the part of the trolling motor that actually is bolted to the bow of the boat--this panel contains a sealed circuit board with a small antenna attached; see if anything looks burnt or otherwise not normal.
Last but not least, are the batteries in the co-pilot good?

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Ok, I have done this quite a few times so take heed, I am not familiar with the MK65 but I am sure the principal is the same on all of these motors..
Take off the top half of the plastic head and look on the center shaft. Your two foot control wires wrap around a plastic spool which sits on the shaft with a spline fit. If you have not done this before, get a pad and pencil and draw the way the wires come in, lay and attach in that plastic spool - because when you pull it off, if they come off you will be scratching your head wondering what the hell you did. You can figure it out but why think if you don't have to, its not as simple as it sounds because spool rotates, the wires wrap round and round etc.. Slack your cable tension adjustment screw in the footpedal all the way off, then what you have to do is slide that plastic spool off, and rotate it until you have the right position. The object of this, is to have the motor set pointing straight ahead, with your footpedal in the middle incline position, so you have full travel in each direction up and down. When you do this, you have to be aware that with the cables loose, they can come off the cams in the footpedal if you don't keep tension on them. Good luck.

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