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Old 12-14-2018, 06:31 PM   #1
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Stern Thruster not working correctly

I've got a 2013 Ranger Tug R-25sc and I have a problem with the stern thruster as it works only in one direction periodically. I've contacted Ranger Tug and they are saying it could be a electrical connection or solonoid needs to be replaced. Of course the local marine shop says I need to replace the thruster.
Has anyone had a similar problem or fix with this thruster? The thruster is a Side Power

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Old 12-14-2018, 06:37 PM   #2
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If it works in one direction, I would suspect a the solenoid or control wires or joystick. Have you talked to Imtra for help in troubleshooting? I would work with them instead of Ranger. I would not jump into replacing the thruster if you have not trouble shot the problem.

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Old 12-14-2018, 06:46 PM   #3
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Try this troubleshooting guide:

I keep this on my phone and iPad for if/when the inevitable need arises.

Imtra provides great support via phone or email.

Could also contact Port Boat House...
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Old 12-14-2018, 06:50 PM   #4
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I’d contact Imtra Marine. They are the US distributor for Side Power. They are really nice folks and will try o help you.

My bet would be on a bad solenoid as well. At least that’s the first thing I’d check.
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Old 12-14-2018, 09:15 PM   #5
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You said "periodically" If that means "intermittently" then I would bet 100 to one its just dirty contacts in a relay that can be cleaned at no cost but labor.
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Old 12-14-2018, 11:33 PM   #6
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My dad was fond of saying about such things,, "its got an intermittent in it, sometimes it works and sometimes it don't".

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