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coyote one posted 10-29-2006 10:06 AM ET (US)   Profile for coyote one   Send Email to coyote one  
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.
jimh posted 10-29-2006 10:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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.

coyote one posted 10-29-2006 01:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for coyote one  Send Email to coyote one     
I will start out with the battery but, is there any other suggestions about what the problem is?
Royboy posted 10-29-2006 05:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Royboy  Send Email to Royboy     
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).


contender posted 10-29-2006 08:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for contender  Send Email to contender     
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
Chuck Tribolet posted 10-29-2006 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chuck Tribolet  Send Email to Chuck Tribolet     
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.


pglein posted 11-08-2006 01:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for pglein  Send Email to pglein     
Do the following in any order:

Have battery tested
Check battery connections for corrosion or loose wires
Check tilt reservoir level
Lubricate tilt tube

The truth is that all of the above should be part of your twice yearly maintenance routine anyway, so there's really no reason not to do them all.

Jerry Townsend posted 11-08-2006 04:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
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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