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#10807915 - 04/29/15 09:24 PM Minn Kota Fortrex Help?
Swimbaiter Offline
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Registered: 08/29/11
Posts: 385
Loc: East TX
I have a 101 Fortrex. While on the lake today it just randomly stopped working. I checked all the connections I could find and everything seemed to be fine. I can no longer hear the clicking noise when I step on the pedal. Anyone have any suggestions before I drop it off for 2-3 weeks? smirk

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#10807958 - 04/29/15 09:36 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Swimbaiter]
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Registered: 02/10/09
Posts: 857
Loc: Plano, Texas
Fuse?
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#10808020 - 04/29/15 09:55 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Swimbaiter]
COHLMEYER Offline
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Registered: 10/21/08
Posts: 3771
Loc: Weatherford, TX
Check the power connection at the battery. My fortrexx has an inline fuse there under red rubber grommet. It trips when you run it at 90-100 for more than a couple of minutes... It's kinda hard to see just a small box with a black butting on it, press it and it starts working again.

If that's not it take a simple volt gauge and see where you have power and where you don't. Not much to it, you can probably figure it out and save hundreds.

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#10808090 - 04/29/15 10:23 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Swimbaiter]
JMac-D Offline
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Registered: 11/27/13
Posts: 1665
Loc: Cleburne Tx
Could have tripped it, there should be a switch in your battery box

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#10808092 - 04/29/15 10:25 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Swimbaiter]
YankHardReelFast Offline
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Registered: 03/09/08
Posts: 3228
Loc: Huntsville, TX
Turn your motor on constant then check for the breaker like everyone mentioned and hen wiggle everything you can see back there that might go to the trolling motor. Listen for the TM to come on while doing so.

Sure sounds like a power source problem. Shouldn't be that hard to troubleshoot.

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#10808097 - 04/29/15 10:30 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Swimbaiter]
acts2:38-39 Offline
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Registered: 05/31/12
Posts: 282
Loc: Lake Fork
I'd say armature

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#10808117 - 04/29/15 10:36 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: COHLMEYER]
Swimbaiter Offline
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Registered: 08/29/11
Posts: 385
Loc: East TX
Originally Posted By: COHLMEYER
Check the power connection at the battery. My fortrexx has an inline fuse there under red rubber grommet. It trips when you run it at 90-100 for more than a couple of minutes... It's kinda hard to see just a small box with a black butting on it, press it and it starts working again.

If that's not it take a simple volt gauge and see where you have power and where you don't. Not much to it, you can probably figure it out and save hundreds.


Sounds exactly like what happened. Just went out there and checked it and now it works. Lol. crazy

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#10808285 - 04/30/15 05:02 AM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Swimbaiter]
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It is recommended to have a 60amp breaker on those trolling motors.
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#10808434 - 04/30/15 07:53 AM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Swimbaiter]
Pkguy Offline
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Registered: 11/05/03
Posts: 780
Loc: Bedford Tx
If you leave your trolling motor plugged in all the time, corrosion can build up at the plug in. Might check that and just clean it up.

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#10808701 - 04/30/15 09:16 AM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Pkguy]
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Originally Posted By: Pkguy
If you leave your trolling motor plugged in all the time, corrosion can build up at the plug in. Might check that and just clean it up.

Also, the plug in the boat can get corrosion, you might pull that out and check the back side of it where the wires screw in.


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#10809148 - 04/30/15 11:18 AM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Swimbaiter]
COHLMEYER Offline
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Registered: 10/21/08
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Loc: Weatherford, TX
Originally Posted By: Blake_ZX225
Originally Posted By: COHLMEYER
Check the power connection at the battery. My fortrexx has an inline fuse there under red rubber grommet. It trips when you run it at 90-100 for more than a couple of minutes... It's kinda hard to see just a small box with a black butting on it, press it and it starts working again.

If that's not it take a simple volt gauge and see where you have power and where you don't. Not much to it, you can probably figure it out and save hundreds.


Sounds exactly like what happened. Just went out there and checked it and now it works. Lol. crazy



Awesome. I learned this the hard way, had my boat for one week, was running thru a shallow cut on EM and the thing just turned off. Spent an hour on the water and an hour in the garage before figuring it out.

Had to cut the trip short and all. Something so simple.

Hopefully that saved you some cash.


Edited by COHLMEYER (04/30/15 11:19 AM)

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#10809274 - 04/30/15 12:05 PM Re: Minn Kota Fortrex Help? [Re: Swimbaiter]
Slueth Offline
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Registered: 02/22/12
Posts: 165
Loc: tyler
Check for corrosion at the power connections in the foot pedal. Drove me nutnuts till I cleaned those up. Exact same problem you're having.
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