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Autohelm 6000 wont Standby

My autohelm 6000+ linear drive works flawlessly - but it wont disengage completely when I put it in standby. After pushing Standby if I force the wheel through big turns back and forth, this seems to 'loosen' it up a bit - but not enough. If I mechanically disconnect the linear drive arm from the rudder quadrant - no problem. I searched and find most have the opposite problem - the unit wants to slip into Standby. The manual says it is remotely possible that a fault could develop which would cause the actuator to remain engaged - even when stand-by is selected. If this happens disconnect the main circuit breaker to the autopilot - or in an emergency the clutch can be overridden by turning the steering wheel hard.
I haven't verified that tripping the breaker eliminates the problem, I'll check that this weekend. In the meanwhile, does anybody have any idea about troubleshooting and repairing this actuator?


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contact Dan Gerhardt. His email is He is captdan here. Very helpful.

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Thanks Jim for the contact. I'll drop Dan a line.

I checked this weekend - switching the breaker off made no difference.
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