Trolling motor direction indicator
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Posted on Friday May 17, 2013 at 9:25 PM  
I have an old Motor Guide trolling motor that the direction indicator isn't working when the motor actually rotates. Does any one know how to get it working? I can manually rotate it but it doesn't seem to have any resistence and will not rotate with the motor body.
Posted on Monday May 20, 2013 at 10:50 PM  
I had the same problem with my MG trollin motor and ended up taking it to teh shop. There is a "directional Indicator" and a few other parts in teh control head that will have some wear and cause teh arrow to free spin. Took mine to Big John's on Grand Lake near Bernice and he fixed it for about $50.
Posted on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 9:09 AM  
There use to be a trolling motor repair and parts shop on 11th street across from Stillwater National Bank.
Posted on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 11:44 AM  
I've fixed a couple of them in the past. Some are easier than others. The one on my boat stopped working this year, but I know it well enough to not need the arrow.

What model is it?
Posted on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 2:08 PM  
I have a Motorguide also. When mine was on a pretty low speed, sometimes I could not tell if my foot had activated the switch and if it was ON or not. So, I took the head off and added a bright LED light, to know when it was ON. The cover to my control head came off with three philips screws. And the direction mechanics was basically three plastic gears. If yours is anything like mine, I bet you could fix it - if you are mechanically inclined.
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Posted on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 4:09 PM  
I bet if you call Robby's TM service, he'll tell you what part you need & probably even ship it. It's not hard to figure out where it goes.
Posted on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 7:44 PM  
Second, third and fourth on Robbys in Broken Arrow.
Posted on Tuesday May 21, 2013 at 10:48 PM  
I have repaired a couple of Minn Kotas with the same problem. I'm guess ing it is a very similar setup. The indicator arrow should sit on a rod with splines that match up with the arrow. One of mine had simply popped off the rod and had to be lined up and reinstalled. The other had stripped splines I guess it got caught on something. I just superglued that sucker:). The top should come off the trolling motor after loosening four screw underneath the trolling motor head assembly. It will most likely be very apparent what the problem is.
Posted on Monday May 27, 2013 at 2:17 PM  
Well thanks to everyone for your help and suggestions. It turns out the plastic gear attached to the direction indicator was broken off. A little 2 part epoxy 3 hours to cure and it works good as new. You guys are great!!
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