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Old June 27th, 2015, 06:06 PM   #1
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Trolling Motor Question

I just put 3 new batteries in the boat and labeled all my connections so I wouldn't screw anything up when I re connected them. Prior to removing the batteries my trolling motor was barely running. So now,,,I have 3 new batteries in and my trolling motor still run's at like 20% even though it's turned up to 100%. All batteries are 95% charged. I checked the shaft to see if there was fishing line everything is ok. The trolling motor is a Fortrexx. Any Idea what could be wrong???

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Old June 27th, 2015, 06:33 PM   #2
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Maybe it's worn out ...
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Old June 27th, 2015, 06:52 PM   #3
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Old June 27th, 2015, 11:30 PM   #4
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"Prior to removing the batteries my trolling motor was barely running. So now,,,I have 3 new batteries in and my trolling motor still run's at like 20% "

Maybe you better check the way you have (and have had) them wired.
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Old June 28th, 2015, 12:03 AM   #5
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Raptor, I'm guessing you are running three batteries for 12, 24, and 36 volts? If that is the case and your trolling motor is running slow on all three voltages I would look at your negative wire running back to the battery bank since it would be common between all three voltage selections. Take an ohm meter and check resistance from the trolling motor connection up front all the way back to the batteries, it should be less than 1 ohm. If it is higher than that I would look at any splices, switches, or terminal connections between the battery connection and the trolling motor along that line. It would be a good idea to check all the lines the same way and make sure you disconnect them from the batteries before putting the meter on them.
The wiring should also be of sufficient gauge to handle the current draw of the trolling motor. It might be worth picking up enough wire to just run new wires up across the deck to the motor or putting one battery up on the front deck and hooking the trolling motor up directly to it just to verify the motor is good.
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Old June 28th, 2015, 10:40 AM   #6
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"Prior to removing the batteries my trolling motor was barely running. So now,,,I have 3 new batteries in and my trolling motor still run's at like 20% "

Maybe you better check the way you have (and have had) them wired.
I'm going to check, I'm not an electrician so I may give someone a call that knows there way around this kind of thing.

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Old June 28th, 2015, 10:53 AM   #7
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If it's not the wiring, take it to Ernie as long as it's under warranty, best kota man in the valley.
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Old June 28th, 2015, 10:53 AM   #8
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Raptor, I'm guessing you are running three batteries for 12, 24, and 36 volts? If that is the case and your trolling motor is running slow on all three voltages I would look at your negative wire running back to the battery bank since it would be common between all three voltage selections. Take an ohm meter and check resistance from the trolling motor connection up front all the way back to the batteries, it should be less than 1 ohm. If it is higher than that I would look at any splices, switches, or terminal connections between the battery connection and the trolling motor along that line. It would be a good idea to check all the lines the same way and make sure you disconnect them from the batteries before putting the meter on them.
The wiring should also be of sufficient gauge to handle the current draw of the trolling motor. It might be worth picking up enough wire to just run new wires up across the deck to the motor or putting one battery up on the front deck and hooking the trolling motor up directly to it just to verify the motor is good.
OK, thank you for the info. I' going to try to find someone here on the zone that can look at it. I'm not much of an electrician. I had the TM installed at Cabela's last year and It has worked flawlessly until now. If you happen to know anyone that can help me out, send them my way. I was planning on fishing this weekend but sadly can't go without a TM

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Old June 28th, 2015, 12:37 PM   #9
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Bob I sent you Ryan's info, that's who I would have trouble shoot it...
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Old June 28th, 2015, 12:41 PM   #10
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Bob I sent you Ryan's info, that's who I would have trouble shoot it...
I called and left a message tim. thanks hopefully he can get it squared away.

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Old June 28th, 2015, 06:21 PM   #11
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trolling motor help

Be sure sure you place batts.in same way. I doubt it's your trolling moter it's either a crossed wire negative should be on positive or vise versa. And I would load test your batteries not a volt meter..might have a bad cell and that will effect the whole bank new battery or not if it sat for while I would charge and load test . Of check fuses...p.s did you get the Trojans? P.m. me curious what the cause of trolling motor problem
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