I have been on the water many years but this is a first for me, i have read about problems with trim motors and not gong up or down and it doesn't usually take much to fiquire it out. I hit the down position on the engine switch and it sounds like a crackle and then it engages so i replaced the switch and the same thing. My friend hit the up position and it made no noise and did not move, and it works fine sometimes. I'm replacing the trim relay any oter ideas? All other switches from bow to drivers seat do the same. Thank you.
You say that any and all trim switches show the same response. Therefore, one can pretty safely assure the individual switches and associated wiring are OK. The trim system components in common with all the switches are the trim relay assembly, power leads from battery power to the trim motor (through the relay assembly), and the trim motor.
The crackle sound would most likely involve a high current path from the battery power through the relay assembly to the trim motor as the individual trim switches are a low current signal path. Before you replace the trim assembly, you might want to open connectors and check ring terminal connections in the trim motor high current path. Look for any loose/corroded contact points.
Sparky, thought i would share outcome of what i found. When i removed trim relay i notoiced wire's going in had lost thier glue or sealer holding the wires in was gone and wire's were lose. New relay and all is well. Thank you.
Thank you for letting us know what was found.
Too many times we try to help someone and never hear from them again, not knowing if our assistance was helpful or our diagnostic guesses were correct.
We appreciate you follow-up post
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