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Old 10-08-2011, 11:29 AM
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So one of my lift motors just hums and will not move. It turns freely by hand and is drawing around 30 amps when it hums. Could this be a capacitor issue (Does the same thing with the capacitor unplugged)? Or is the motor toast? Help a brother get a last good day of boating in please
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Old 10-08-2011, 11:56 AM
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30 amps is pretty steep. You have a cap on a DC mtr?
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Sounds like you have a short, Ted. 30amps is big! Probably the only thing preventing a complete short circuit meltdown is the cap. There may be corrosion buildup somewhere in the windings causing current to take a detour and not through the whole motor. Or maybe the commutator has some junk stuck in it making it short. A good cleaning should likely fix it since current is still moving through it somehow.
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Just hook another boat to it and yank that baby off backwards! Put it back on the trailer and worry about the lift on a rainy day vs. a sunny one.
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Geeze....I thought you were talking about a hatch lift mtr. Sorry.
If it's an AC mtr then you won't have a commutator.

Try swapping caps from the working mtr....just a thought
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Hey it sounds like you need a $6.50 Capacitor take the old one over to WW Granger. Should fix you right up.
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