Trolling Motor Maintenance
Trolling motors generally don’t require a lot of maintenance, but there are some good habits to get into and things to check on regularly to boost the lifespan and reliability of your motor. Here are some key tips:
- Rinse your trolling motor with freshwater and remove any debris after each use. This is especially true for saltwater motors even with their enhanced protective coatings.
- Inspect and clean your propeller after each use. Weeds and fishing line can become embedded behind the prop potentially damaging the seals and allowing water inside the motor.
- Check the prop nut (and anode on saltwater motors) to be sure it’s properly tightened. Also check prop blades for any nicks or abrasions. Sand smooth with fine sandpaper if necessary.
- Periodically clean and lubricate the composite shaft with a coating of an aqueous based silicone spray. This will facilitate smooth deployment and retraction. Also lightly coat any exposed metal parts with same spray.
- Disconnect power when the motor is being stored, transported or not in use for extended periods of time. Use this opportunity to check battery terminals for any corrosion or dirt and clean with emery cloth or fine grain sandpaper.
- Recharge your batteries as soon as possible after each use and trickle charge during any extended idle periods. The ideal state for a battery is fully charged.
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