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Sunday, June 1, 2008

• Tracker Speedometer Fix

If you own a Bass Tracker boat with a Mercury motor, you may have noticed at one point that the speedometer doesn't work. The needle may sit at 0 or it may report a slower speed than you're actually traveling at. There could be any number of reasons for the speedometer to go out, but let me show you a common one that can be remedied rather easily.

First, let me explain why it might be messed up. If you run your motor in very shallow water or through the weeds, there's a chance that your prop and bottom half of your motor went through a lot of muck. That being said, you should realize there is a sensor for the speedometer located in this area too. As you move forward through the muck, all of that gunk goes right into the hole where the sensor is located. I'll show you where it is and how I clean it out.

The first picture below is of the entire lower half of the motor. Notice the location of the propeller and rudder. The hole is at the front half way between the brace that holds the motor in place while in transit and the nose of the rudder. Notice the second photo below zoomed in on that particular area. The hole is approximately where I have drawn an orange dot. The next photo is staring dead on at the hole you're looking for.

Take a straightened paperclip or piece of firm wire and push it into the whole. You may feel some resistance from dirt and muck caked up on the inside. To make sure you're in as far as you can go, the opening is about 2.5 centimeters from the sensor on our 115hp Optimax. You'll also know you're working around the sensor when you can feel a fork the tunnel. I start moving the paperclip/wire in a circular motion working out what dirt I can until all of it is gone. I don't think it matters if the gunk is wet or dry, but I personally find it easier to dig out when it is a little wet but not sopping wet. You might want to blow air into the whole with an air compressor to work out any extra dirt afterwards.

If your speedometer needle doesn't work after trying this, you may have something else going on. Refer to your manual. Hopefully that isn't the case though. Best of luck.

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Anonymous said...

I have a 2009 Mercury EFI motor and I cannot find the speed sensor hole you are talking about, it just simply isn't in the location you specified. Did they move the location on the newer motors? I've searched everywhere and cannot find an anwser. Thanks

BassFishingDem said...

That is peculiar, but it is an excellent question I do not have the answer to. Maybe they fixed that problem, but created another? I don't have easy access to any motors, so you'll have to rely on someone else coming along and posting a comment. Sorry I couldn't help. I'll keep my eyes peeled for you though.

BassfishingRep said...

I am looking for and owners manual for the V 18 2007. And I also need the bait buckets for the Live wells. Any ideas. Thanks

Bass Dem said...

I would contact Mercury for the manual or look online to see if there is a version in PDF format. The buckets aren't anything special, so if you can find a bait bucket at a tackle shop, see if it'll fit and go from there. I don't use live bait very often.

Jason said...

Great post! Thanks for the speedo tip! Wouldn't have known without you and good ole Google!