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    Trim tabs stopped working. Checked fuses and seem ok. Any ideas where to go from here? Boat is a 2013 and everything else working fine.

  • #2
    Do you know if they are Bennett or Boat Leveler Tabs? The first thing I would recommend is checking both ends of the ground wire. Let me know the brand and I can give you more specific troubleshooting.


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    • #3
      Hi Tom,

      Not sure of the brand, but will check and let you know.




      • #4
        Hi Tom.

        They are Bennett trim tabs


        • #5
          They are Bennett.


          • #6
            Here is a link to the system overview that is helpful in troubleshooting Video

            Below you will find troubleshooting you can print out and take to the boat.


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            Fluid: Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) any type. Hydraulic Power Unit is self bleeding, running the Trim Tabs up and down 3-4 times will purge air from the system.

            Fuse: 12 volt system use 20 amp in-line fuse on positive. (24v & 32v use proportionately smaller)

            Red= Port Valve

            Green= Starboard Valve

            Blue=Motor Forward (pump pressure)

            Yellow= Motor Reverse (pump retract)

            Black on HPU=Ground

            Orange on Helm=Control Positive


            1.If one side is not operating reverse hydraulic lines on the front of the Hydraulic Power Unit to determine if the malfunction is in HPU or actuator / hydraulic lines. If after reversing the lines symptom shifts to the other side the malfunction may exist in HPU. If the symptom remains on the same side, malfunction may exist with the actuator / hydraulic lines

            2. Is the unit receiving a solid 12 volts? Low voltage will some times cause the solenoids to not open preventing the tabs from moving even though the pump motor is running.

            3. Conduct the following test:

            Remove the wires from the helm control and touch together as follows:


            Orange (+), blue, red= Port trim tab down

            Orange (+), blue, green=Starboard trim tab down

            Orange (+), blue, red, green= Both trim tabs down

            Orange (+), yellow, red= Port trim tab up

            Orange (+), yellow, green=Starboard trim tab up

            Orange (+), yellow, red, green= Both trim tabs up

            If the trim tabs function correctly for each wire grouping then the switch is at fault. Also note that any loose or missing screws on the back of the switch (whether a wire is connected there or not) can cause the pump to malfunction.

            This test may also be done right at the pump by substituting a "hot lead" for orange. There is usually a connector to the wire harness within a foot or so of the pump. You want to check this connection for corrosion. You may wish to cut the connector off on the pump side and try the test on bare wires.

            4. If you suspect corrosion on the wire connector near the pump, cut it out, test as above and reconnect using butt splices.

            5. If you conclude the problem is in the pump, contact me. Bennett Trim Tab Systems carry a five year warranty.

            6. Check to see if there is a relay in line on the wiring harness near the hydraulic power unit. If there is it is an Interrupter Relay (IR1000). It prevents the system fuse from blowing if you try to actuate one trim tab up and the other down at the same time. After you test as outlined above, try removing the relay from the wiring harness and retest the unit.(Note: the interrupter relay is no longer used in current Bennett Trim Tab systems and has been replaced with a Switches that "lock out" preventing a blown fuse).
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