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Battery: Insufficient Power to Operate Tilt Motor
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posted 10-29-2006 10:06 AM ET (US)
I have a problem with my 8 kickers (yamaha) power tilt not operating smoothly while trying to go up. It wants to stall and it appears that it gets stuck but there isn't any obstructions. I believe that my battery is going out because it is 4 years old on a 2 year battery. Would a weak battery do this? I have checked my fluids and it seems to be worse while in the water then sitting in the garage for a day or 2. Any ideas would be sure appreciated.
posted 10-29-2006 10:48 AM ET (US)
With eight kickers on the boat, you probably have a heavy load on that one battery.
In most battery operated systems, the first device to investigate when there is a problem is the battery. Test the battery. Most stores that sell batteries have test equipment to check your battery's condition. Take the battery to them for testing.
posted 10-29-2006 01:12 PM ET (US)
I will start out with the battery but, is there any other suggestions about what the problem is?
posted 10-29-2006 05:43 PM ET (US)
I'm with Jimh on this one. Have the Battery checked by a batery shop. If that's not the problem, I'd say the next most likely culprit would be the electrical connections. Make sure they are clean and secure.
Basically, if the power (the battery in this case) is good, then make sure the switch is getting power. If the switch is getting power, then make sure the tilt unit is getting power when the switch is activated. Use a multimeter for this. Mine was about ten bucks, and it's lasted for years. Very handy tool for boat owners. Get one and learn to use it.
I'm assuming these tilt sytems on small outboards are hydraulic? If so, check the oil level per your owners manual.
All of this good? Then check to make sure nothing is bent or binding. Lubricate the pivot point (there should be a grease fitting for this).
posted 10-29-2006 08:58 PM ET (US)
Yes I would check the battery 1st and the connections, next check your fluid level in the trim motor, check your seals on the ram for leaking, and try to spray a lube on your pivot joints. good luck
posted 10-29-2006 09:59 PM ET (US)
Quick check: run the main engine at a fast idle while tilting
the kicker. If the kicker goes up, think bad battery. If
the kicker doesn't go up, think a problem with the T/T or
switch or relay or wiring.
posted 11-08-2006 01:20 PM ET (US)
Do the following in any order:
Have battery tested
posted 11-08-2006 04:11 PM ET (US)
Also on page one - check your cables and wiring - that is, a corroded connector or cable will reduce the voltage. Also, a cable that is too light (small guage) decreases the voltage.
And as Jimh says - the problem often is with the battery - a well-known fact . ----- Jerry/Idaho
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