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Re: SmartPilot X-5 Wheel Drive Unit "Upgrades"?

I've got an x5 wheel pilot on our Pearson 34. We don't rely on it for long periods of time or if the weather is up. On the last day of the season last year, ours gave up. Suddenly made an awful grinding noise and would not turn the wheel. I finally got around to taking it all apart tonight. I think the motor is fine. If I apply DC to it, it spins just fine as long as it's not engaged in the gearbox. If I attach it to the gear box, it just grinds and doesn't turn the pully (belt completely loose). So I guess I got a fried Gearbox. I'm not having any luck finding the part. I suppose this means replacing the whole assembly? I'll call Raymarine tomorrow. Anyone got any other ideas on where to look, I'm all ears.

-Bob
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