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Jim Hardesty

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EV-100 autopilot drive motor loose
« on: September 10, 2020, 03:54:26 AM »

After almost 4 seasons of great service, having a problem with my Raymarine EV-100 autopilot.  After a nice moderate sail my wheel pilot wouldn't disengage  ie. the lever wouldn't go to full disengage.  Luckily had enough sea room to remove the wheel drive with no further damage.  Got back to the dock and after disassembly decided the problem was the drive motor was loose, about 1/32 inch and the internal mounting ring interfered with the activating cam? ie. what the lever is attached to.
My question is has anyone tightened that motor and how?  Looks to me like some special spanners are needed.  Where can I have this fixed?  Is it best to send to Raymarine or is there someplace better.
Jim
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Dave Spencer

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Re: EV-100 autopilot drive motor loose
« Reply #1 on: September 10, 2020, 07:13:46 AM »

Hi Jim,
That sounds like a hair-raising experience.  Yikes, locked steering as you come into port (or anywhere really) could spell disaster.  I too have an EV-100 that I installed this year.  While the electronics are significantly better than past Raymarine autopilots, the wheel drive hasn't changed at all in recent years as far as I can tell.  Mine is still the ST 4000 Mk II wheel drive as I suspect yours is.  You may already have this but here is a maintenance manual for the ST 4000 Mk II including an exploded view on Page 7 and what appear to be clear written instructions on disassembly and reassembly.  https://www.defender.com/pdf/4000-service_manual.pdf
Good luck with your repair.  Let us know how it goes.

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Re: EV-100 autopilot drive motor loose
« Reply #2 on: September 10, 2020, 08:35:24 AM »

Thanks Dave.  Just what I was looking for.
Jim
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Re: EV-100 autopilot drive motor loose
« Reply #3 on: September 10, 2020, 12:05:57 PM »

I disassembled and reassembled with the instructions, not that hard.  Thanks again Dave. :thumb:  Bench tests OK.  Now to check it out on the boat.  And decide if I'm going to replace a couple of parts over winter that the plastic is damaged.  Guess a call to Raymarine is in my future. 

I noticed from the very first the motor was a little loose, rotated just enough back and forth to notice when on autopilot.  As everything worked well didn't think it was a problem.  Well it was.  I suggest looking for any movement there and fix before it gets worse.

Also recommend having a 3mm allen wrench accessible in case the autopilot locks up.

Jim
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