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Monday, August 11, 2008

• Lowrance X37 blinks -4.0°F

If your Lowrance unit should start blinking -4.0°F, I can recommend a couple of things to check. The unit I experienced this problem on was the X37TX which is mounted on the bow with the transducer mounted on the trolling motor. There were no other quirks or problems with the unit as far as I could tell. It looked like I was getting good readings on everything else. I had to rely on the main unit for water temperatures. Looking at the unit, the cables appeared to be plugged in just fine. I ended up calling Lowrance at their tech support number.

When I called Lowrance, I sat on hold for about 11 or 12 minutes. You will hear repeated recommendations to use their online help to troubleshoot your problem. Once connected with a rep, I was asked whether or not the temperature reading was blinking. It was. I was asked to make sure the wire from the unit to the transducer was not damaged. I also had to check the transducer to see if it had been damaged. Look for cracks or scratches across the transducer. At this point, the tech support employee with the additional information about the boat and purchase dates said a new transducer would be sent out free of charge provided I could fax proof of purchase of the unit.

Before calling back to get the fax number to send the proof of purchase info to Lowrance, I fumbled around the front of the boat by the unit and the trolling motor. I ended up grabbing one of the wires that goes into the back of the unit and that was enough to pull the plug loose. When I plugged it back in which took a bit of effort I might add, the unit started reading temps again. I can't believe I missed that. The #1 rule is to check your connections. I'm relatively tech savvy and although I visually inspected the connection, I did not physically check the plug.

If that does not solve your problem, contact Lowrance. Before calling Lowrance, go online and use their web based problem solver. It might help you troubleshoot your problem, but I found it to be useless. The results it shot back at me were of little help. Should you call Lowrance, have your paperwork nearby and it would also help to be at your boat when you call.

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mizlan said...

wow..nice blog dude

Steve said...

I would love to see more posts on GPS and Sonar units esp with respect to side imaging

Steve Lott

BassFishingDem said...

That's one area you probably won't get much of here on my blog only because most of the water I fish is shallow and lacking with regard to bottom structure. The units on my boat are not that advanced. I don't see SI being on my need-to-have list any time soon either. It's cool, but I don't need it here. Sonar readouts are still somewhat foreign to me as they are to many other anglers. I might be able to write up a quick beginner's guide though.