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Why does my Minn Kota Vantage trolling motor act up.

I just bought a used Minnkota Vantage transom trolling motor(74Lbs) thrust. Took it out on my first time. It performed great for the first 7 hours.
Then the problems started, first I think I overheated it because I ran it on high for about a minute and it suddenly turn off and nothing would work( up/down or thrust). This stayed that way for approximately 25 minutes, then it turned back on when the switch was pressed. Everything went well for the next hour, then we could not get the motor to turn except in 1 position (10-15 degrees of turn and not the other 350 degrees) I thought that maybe it was the batteries but even the up/down would not work for a short time. A little while later the up/down worked but the trolling motor would only run in that same 10-15 degree direction. After charging the system after fishing, the same thing still persists. Any ideas?

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Take the back cover off, two screws hold it in. Make sure you unplug the motor before doing this. There are a bunch of small different colored wires that come from the handle and connect to the control board via small bullet type connectors. Try unplugging each one of these and then plug them back together. I had a similar problem and it was bad connections on these wires.

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If this is a foot control model, try cleaning the connection where it plugs up. I have cleaned mine but I still have to fidget with it every time to get it to work right.

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