I have a 1999 Evinrude Ficht 175 on a Javelin Renegade 19 and I'm in the process of correcting some trim/tilt issues by replacing the trim switch at the throttle and the relays. The problem that I'm having is I can only locate one relay. If I'm standing on the rear deck with the cowl off I can see one on the left side at the upper portion of the rear part of the engine. Where is the second one?? I have looked all over the engine and can't find the *(%$ thing anywhere. Is there even a second one?? From what I have read/researched there has to be one, right?? Any help will be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance to anyone that will lend a hand.
There should be two relays trim up and trim down. If you have the cover off the power distribution panel you should be able to hear a clicking noise when you depress the trim up and trim down button. You should also be able to put your hand on the relay and feel it click when you activate the trim.
What "issues" are you having. You mentioned changing the trim switch at the throttle? Where the trim wire comes in the bottom of the shift lever is a friction point. When you put the motor in forward or reverse the wires will rub against the shift lever and over time they can break the wire or cause a short. Before I started throwing parts at it I would diagnose what the problem actually is.
Last time I was out I was headed down the lake and the trim runs itself all the way down and won't stop. I try to trim it up and instead of going up it just stops the trim motor from running. I disconnected the power to the trim switches up front and was able to trim the engine with the control on the engine so we kept fishing. About a year ago after a day of fishing in the rain the trim ran itself all the way up, killed the battery, etc. Instead of replacing the switch & relays then, I replaced the trim motor and it worked fine until now. This should take care of my trim/tilt problems (knock on wood) since everything will be new.
in PDP, upper right relay is trim up, lower right relay is trim down
make sure you clean up your tilt trim limit sensor! it's directly under the lower cover of the engine head... between the 2 engine brackets that hold it to the boat or jack plate... if that thing is gung'd up... u will have trim problems... take it from someone who's been there
OK, I replaced the trim switch at the throttle and put four new relays in and when I start the engine the check engine alarm will sound. Everything is working fine, I ran it on Friday to test everything. Does the check engine alarm have to be reset everytime anything is replaced on the engine?
Unless by replacing the relays in the PDP you pushed or broke a connectiion internally that affects voltage distribution, chances are the CHECK ENGINE light is cause by something else such as water in the fuel filter, overheated ECU, etc. Diagnostic software on a laptop is needed to find out what codes may be strored in the engine computer.
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