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Amplifier cutts out when I hit my tilt trim button on my boat

I just installed an amp, woofer and a 5 farad capacitor on my 2008 crownline boat. Everything works fine the capacitor stays at normal levels as I listen to my system, but when I hit my tilt trim button on my throttle lever it keeps shutting my amp off into protection mode. It does it when the engine is running or not, I tried disconnecting the farad to see if when I was hitting the tilt trim button it was causing it to loose to much of a power loss and shutting the amp off to preserve battery power, but even with it disconnected it hitting the trim button shuts the amp off! I can sit there and boom for hours but as soon as I hit that trim button it shuts the amp off. Whats up with that? Please someone help me out, Thanks

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Check all the speaker wire connections because the stereos will go into protection mode if you're losing or causing an unwanted grounding.. even on the speaker connections..

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