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Registered: ‎04-06-2018

2001 Evinrude 150 trim tilt weird issue

I replaced my trim tilt unit, but it doesn’t work, no motor operation in either direction. When I put a meter on the wires coming from the engine I get 12.7v for each wire when the buttons at the console are pressed. When I hook up the wires to the motor, nada. When I directly hook the motor wires to a 12v battery the TT works perfectly. New relays on the Power distribution panel. If the switch on the engine, the one on the upper shroud for use when your out of the boat, were bad, would that keep the motor from working? I’m stumped.

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Registered: ‎07-14-2011

Re: 2001 Evinrude 150 trim tilt weird issue

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It is possible that the wiring and sockets for one or both relays are defective, a missing ground circuit to the relays could do the same. What many owners are not aware is that the opposite relay from the one that is activated provides the ground connection through the normally closed relay contact. The power distribution panel may have an internal problem or a bad connection in it.  I assume that you tested the fuses.


Obtain a factory service manual for troubleshooting procedures and the color wiring diagram.






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