sounds like the x96 is bad. On the trolling motor, the foot pedal has nothing to do with the stow and deploy. To deploy, you just unlatch the motor and push it off the end, holding onto the shaft under the head. The weight of the lower unit carries it down. When stowing, pull up on the shaft under the head and the unit will tilt toward the cradle. When you get the lower unit up to the cradle, it will snap in place.