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Minnkota I-pilot Advanced Autopilot issues...



I apologize if this has been covered before, did a search and I can't find anything. I have a Minnkota Powerdrive V2 with an i-pilot installed (not factory). Came with the boat I bought this summer. It has worked great for the past 2 months until this weekend, the GPS started failing while running advanced auto-pilot. When I turn the adv. auto-pilot on, everything works fine, until I push either of the turn controls to adjust the destination. When I do this, the remote goes blank, the GPS signal strength drops to 0, and then it jumps back up to full strength. Problem is, in the meantime the adv. auto-pilot shuts off and it switches to regular auto-pilot. This also happens 50% of the time when I try and use spot lock, the GPS simply turns off and the spot lock does as well, and then the GPS signal strength bounces back.

Anyone else had this problem? I know I most likely have to send the unit in to Minnkota, but I'm not really willing to do that until the season is over. Any insight/ideas would be great. I have already tried having the unit "re-learn" the remote, that didn't solve anything.


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I had a problem with the advanced auto-pilot GPS not working but slightly different. Simple solution was to remove all power from the motor (unplug it) and then it started working just fine again. Called Minnkota and they shipped me a brand new head to put on the motor.

When I was having problems all of the icons would lite up briefly on the remote some of the time when I would press a button.

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