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k7pqs 07-15-2008 08:04 PM

Autohelm 4000

Anyone know where I can get a old black faced control
unit..For a Autohelm 4000..:confused: My flux gate compass inside the control unit, ribbon cable broke and Raymarine said sorry buy a new auto pilot.
Was not the answer we wanted to here..:eek:

negrini 07-16-2008 02:09 AM

Sorry, buy a new or used autopilot !

sailingdog 07-16-2008 02:37 AM

It would help if you posted which specific control unit you're looking for. Also, highly recommend you read the post in my signature.

Rockter 07-16-2008 04:32 AM

I bought a Navico 7000? unit quite a few years ago. It packed in one day just as I was about to depart. I opened it up to have a look and the internals looked very delicate indeed. Don't even think of dropping it.
They are OK for light duty when motoring my ship, but unless things have changed, I would not trust them much for long term use. Mine lasted for about 3 years, and with intermittent use at that.

k7pqs 07-16-2008 10:48 AM

Autohelm 4000
Sorry about not enough information on it...:mad:

Model is Autohelm 4000...wheel drive, no belts..
The ser. # is: 490437...The very small ribbon cable going to the flux gate compass broke..Need the compass and attached ribbon cable..There is no digital read-out on the control head..Seems like a very early model right after the belt drives..

TheFrog 07-16-2008 11:03 AM

If the problem is just the ribbon cable I would be tempted to go to a local electronics supply store or online, get the appropriate ribbon cable and connector and make up my own cable. If the ribbon cable is soldered, resolder it. If this is beyond your skill level, take it to a small electronics repair shop, I would think it would be cheaper than a new unit.

k7pqs 07-16-2008 03:24 PM


Yes have taken the control unit to three shops, they cannot solder it up either..:confused: So hope I can find a old control head with a working compass with the very small ribbon cable still attach..

k7pqs 07-16-2008 04:00 PM

Part for Autohelm 4000
Anyone have a old control head for one of these..

The control head has no digital readout on it..All I need is the flux gate compass inside with the ribbon cable on it..Very easy to take it apart, 4 screws on the back of it and the two screws holding the compass on and the ribbon cable just un-plugs from the boad..inside the unit

Thanks for the replys

autopilotos 12-06-2008 10:31 AM


Contact raymarine dealer ,ask for part M022 ,fluxgate compass,the ribbon is not repairable.


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