How To Maintain Your Trolling Motor Battery (Simple Maintenance Plan)
Has your trolling motor ever died and ruined a (potentially) good day of fishing?
It’s so frustrating!
All of that time and money wasted because of an equipment malfunction…
But what if there was a simple way to avoid almost all of your trolling motor problems?
In this video, you’ll learn an easy trolling motor maintenance routine so you can head off these problems before they happen.
It doesn’t take too long, or too much money, and you only have to do it a few times a year.
Check it out below!
Trolling Motor Maintenance Part 1 [VIDEO]
Trolling Motor Maintenance Part 2 [VIDEO]
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Bill DeWeese, the creator of the videos above, is a longtime Salt Strong Insider who knows how to take care of his boat (not to mention catch fish).
He does this trolling motor battery maintenance every three months, which has helped him stop having those frustrating trolling motor-less days on the water.
Below you’ll see the supplies you need to do this type of maintenance, as well as step by step instructions.
Trolling Motor Maintenance Supplies
Here’s what you’ll need to maintain your trolling motor battery:
- Basic tools
- Battery scrapers and brushes to remove corrosion
- Electronic contact cleaner
- Heavy duty corrosion inhibitor
- NCP2 battery corrosion prohibitive
- Dielectric grease
How To Maintain Your Trolling Motor Battery
Here’s how to maintain your trolling motor battery, step by step:
Step 1: Disconnect each connector and brush away any corrosion
Step 2: Reconnect each connector
Although some people are against them, Bill likes wing nuts because they allow him to easily make changes on the water without the use of too many tools, although he does like to tighten them with pliers so they’re secure
Step 3: Spray the connections with corrosion resistance
Step 4: Check the voltage of each battery
Step 5: Check the voltage at the connector
You want to make sure there’s not a large drop in voltage from the battery to the connector, which would mean there’s a problem with your wiring.
Step 6: Check the voltage of the batteries while they’re charging
This will ensure your charger is actually charging the batteries.
By maintaining your trolling motor batteries every few months, you’ll be able to head off any problems at home before they happen on the water.
Have any questions about these videos?
Or any other suggestions to maintain your trolling motor?
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Just installed a new trolling motor and am thinking about new batteries. Thank you for the tips. I’m a relatively new to boating and would love to see more boating content from Salt Strong. Thanks for everything y’all do.