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Re: motor on ly runs on high speed
Hello rhett700, you have crossed a wire connection on the switch or your reostat is shorted/bypassed. If need be contact 'www.minnkotamotors.com/index.asp' ask for ext#406 ask for Dave. Have your model & serial # on hand. He is a good guy. Merry Christmas.
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Need the model #. During the mean time(back in the buggy farm) trace the wiring & check the control switch operation including the connections. Trial & error-swap the polarity on the main power feed to motor control & check ops. Motor runs forward, motor OK.
I've had the same problem. It steams from the control panel. I took and ran a seprate ground wire directly to the motor. This is simple to do and takes 15 minutes. Starting in the battery compartment feed cable into the split-loom and continue feeding until reaching the control panel. Pull an extra 5 foot of cable and open dry hatch in rear by motor feed cable around and out to motor connections., Good time to replace rotary switch and circuit breaker. These also are trouble-some parts.
it could be the coil pack in the nose cone of the trolling motor which is not serviceable but can be replaced at a reasonable cost. it could also be the switch in the handle but it seems less likely. there is a test protocol to follow if you know how to use a volt/ohm meter. call the 800 number on your motor and have the tech send or email you the testing proceedure. they are very helpful and can give you the prices on the parts you need. good luck.
the coil pack is likely bad especially since you changed the switch. call minkota and get the bench tast info (very simple) and then order and replace the coil pack about 26 dollars. be very careful how you put the magnet assembly back together and mark the position of the case on the outside before disassembly. order a new seal kit and use locktite on the shaft again when reassemling to seal the shaft tube for water. dont run motor uout of the water much as it uses the water to cool the shaft and you can damage the seals. good luck.
My Minn Kota 55 powerdrive had the same problem except mine occurred while it was trailered in the yard. High speed only, everything else worked great. From what I could research the control module is a frequent problem. Took a chance and purchased a new control module and this cured the problem. Maybe this happening and running aground was just concidental.