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    motorguide problems!!!!
from ron (  
7/2/2007 10:06:00 PM


 I have a 2003 82# tour edition. First problem was the indicator arrow won't stay pointed in the right direction. I know others with same problem. Talked to the motorguide R & D engineer (Josh Dresher) at the Bass Masters Classic in Birmingham and after acting like he had never heard of this problem, Ha Ha what a joke, said to email him and he would send me the new improved part to fix the problem. Emailed him with my address and never heard a word back! So as I continued to use it with a useless arrow, it stuck on high until it blew something and now won't work at all. All the dealer can say is call the service center. I honestly don't know if minn kota is any better but what a piece of crap for the money you pay. It has been garage kept always and not used nearly as much as I would like to.

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   arrow from ed (  7/3/2007 7:21:00 AM
 I have the arrow problem too. It's not a big deal for me since I rarely look down at it, but when my co-anglers jump up front, the boat's all over the place. LOL I don't have the stuck on high issue, but I do have to stomp on the foot button a couple of times real hard at the beginning of the day sometimes to get the prop spinning.


   Arrow should be easy fix-but in 2002-2004 those motors were junk.. from bassace (  7/3/2007 12:13:00 PM
 If you loosen the 4 screws that hold the cover on the top of the head unit, you can turn the arrow back till it lines up. Don't need to take the whole cover off, just real loose then the grab the top circle and gently pull out and turn until it's straight. I have a 2002 Tour 109 and it has happened a couple times. It seems to happen to me when I have adjusted the depth of the motor, don't let it spin when you move the motor shaft up or down. Next, the 82 & 109 sucked in those couple years. Until digital came out it seemed like the all stuck on high and blew up. I sent mine to some motorguide place in Cali and had the digital upgrade put in, and I have never had a problem since. It's been 4 years now.......Hope that helps........

   Arrow_ from ed (  7/3/2007 1:17:00 PM
 I don't have to loosen the screws to turn the arrow, it spins with just a touch of my finger. I can feel the gears slipping. LOL Mine is a non-digital 82, I'm thinking 4 years old.


   motor guide fix from gkeneda (  7/3/2007 3:03:00 PM
  take the top off of thr motor and take the arrow and turn upside down ,now put some super glue in it but make sure it is line up with the motor correct put it back on, a good fix it will stick to the gears for sure

   Thanks guys-I've already tried the above many times from ron (  7/3/2007 6:24:00 PM
 I hope I didn't sound too harsh but I just have a real problem with major companies that have engineers out the yahoo that continue to put it to us consumers. I mean come on, how hard can it be to make the arrow last a lifetime. The problem I have is they will just keep selling them as long as they can instead of just fixing it or god forbid admit to a faulty design and offer a solution to us unlucky ones. To bassace, I have had the top off a hundred times and straightend the arrow - I only wish it was that simple-lasts about 5 minutes. Thank you guys for letting me vent at least it seems like I got the "bad" year model. I just hate to see what it will cost to ship such a bulky item to a service center- what a pain.

   ron-quick fix from beartrap  7/3/2007 8:12:00 PM
 put your trolling motor in the water.....loosen head of motor and turn it until the trolling motor is pointing straight ahead with the foot pedal level....tighten it up and never,ever look at the arrow again......push down to go right and rock your foot back to go a few "S" turns and "doughnuts" out in open water and in just a little while you will be steering your boat automatically and you can concentrate on your fishing and never be distracted again by where that arrow is pointing...another tip is to screw your trolling motor pedal down...if it's always in same place your foot will find it which is especially helpful when you are fighting a fish and need to move or stop the boat....

   Bigger problems than the arrow from Foster's Trolln Motor Repairs-Sales  7/6/2007 10:45:00 AM
 If your motor is the older, analog, model then it sounds like the control board and/or mosfet blew. You'll need to convert it to Digital.

Foster's Trolln Motor Repairs-Sales

   Your right from ron (  7/6/2007 7:54:00 PM
 Your exactly right-who needs an arrow when the whole motor is blown! I thought it was digital but I may need to call you and find out how to verify. Thanks for the response.



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