My 2020 Basstracker Classic XL came equipped with a 55 lb thrust Minnkota Edge (manual deploy..steer and speed control by a footpedal I hate). It has always been a booger to deploy and required the application of a heavy foot to latch down in the deployed position. Consiquently, I rarely deployed and used it.

Recently, I noticed it was covered by a two year warranty, so I contacted the factory before my warranty was due to run out.
I was told (naturally) that Minnkota does not warranty the deployment mechanism....However I might try lubricated the latch down points and metal parts that fit into them with either Pledge or ArmorAll.

ArmorAll works like a champ!