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Autopilot pump

Postby joeman79 » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:20 am

I have a comnav Autopilot in my boat about a week before the end of the season it started malfunctioning. Symptoms sometimes it would engage sometimes not. It gradually got worse
And now completely quit. Talked to several people, checked several things but I'm
Not the worlds greatest mechanic or technician. when I had someone hit buttons on unit the Pump Made a faint clicking sound.
Someone told me it might be the brushes and not making good contact. I don't think
I want to tackle this project. Boat is in Craig. Any autopilot experts or certified comnav technicians in area? I'll prob be in Ktn area early June. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks
Joe
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Re: Autopilot pump

Postby Robot » Sat Apr 01, 2017 5:54 pm

Joeman,

there is a guy here in Ketchikan named Steve Huffine. He is the comnav dealer here. I can get you his number if you like?

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Re: Autopilot pump

Postby joeman79 » Sun Apr 02, 2017 4:32 pm

That would be great. Thank you
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Re: Autopilot pump

Postby carojae » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:12 pm

I've called Hamilton Jet more than once about my comnav. They are located in Woodenville WA I believe. (800) 423-3509
Anyway, their tech guy "Tein" (Tee-in) really knows these things well.
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Re: Autopilot pump

Postby Robot » Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:39 pm

Steve Huffine:
Cell: 907 617 9355
Home: 907 247 8661

Really good bloke!

Good luck.

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Re: Autopilot pump

Postby joeman79 » Mon Apr 10, 2017 9:38 am

I got a hold of Steve. He says what I have is an old Wood Freeman style pump. I'm still down south and will be for another month or so . But I will need to address this problem shortly after arriving if anyone has any tips suggestions on repairing the style pump or whether just be better to get a new one would be appreciated .
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Re: Autopilot pump

Postby joeman79 » Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:02 am

Thanks Jim!
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Re: Autopilot pump

Postby joeman79 » Tue Jun 20, 2017 3:00 pm

After 2 weeks of messing with the autopilot and spending 590 bucks this lowliner figured it out!!! It was an airlock!! Guess that's how a greenhorn learns. Hope everyone has a great season!
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