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Adjusting the steering pressure on a trolling motor

Dear Jim,

If I could take advantage of you and your knowledge. I have a 17-ft Crappie 175, which I bought this year from Bass Pro shops. It came with a Pro Series 4300, 12 Volt electric trolling motor. It has a standard bow mount and is foot controlled for speed and direction. The foot control is a single axis shaft, with a power plate on the right and dial speed control and a constant/momentary switches on the left.

I have looked through all the manuals, which came with it, and it seems like the only model, which has a steering pressure control knob is the hand steered motors. The big question is can my model/setup also adjust the steering pressure. It seem like each time I put my foot on the pedal the direction changes, also when the motor is in a higher speed, the pressure of the propeller moves the direction.

Gus Rappaport

Dear Gus:

My take is that the foot control of your motor operate so easily that it is bothersome. Most do have a tension adjustment for the pedal cable. I am afraid I do not know where it is on that particular motor. I see it is a Motor Guide. I have an older one just like it and I can't find any tension adjustment at all. I would forget the motor, itself, and look to the foot pedal. Maybe you could wrap a piece of string around the pivot pin on one side of the foot pedal (maybe both) to add some friction to the pedal play.

There is always a certain amount of torque associated with any unit putting out thrust. However, if the motor turns itself when you apply power, you have a shaft that is not straight. I hope it is not too severe, because it could mean that you need the shaft replaced!!

Jim Porter

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