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Jetexas 07-30-2012 08:52 AM

Should an autopilot be this loud?
 
I just installed a Simrad WP32 on my boat. I don't think it was ever used, but it is several years old. Does anyone know if they should be this loud or if I should take it apart and attempt to lube something.

Thanks.

Simrad WP32 Wheel Pilot - YouTube

LarryandSusanMacDonald 07-30-2012 08:58 AM

Re: Should an autopilot be this loud?
 
We have an Autohelm 4000 - different unit but same principle. It sounds just like that. Recently noticed the belt was going bad. Took it apart and discovered a couple of the little wheels the hub rides on were broken. (Who knows - maybe I broke them during dis-assembly?) Anyway, I repaired the wheels and it quieted down quite a bit. I have a new belt on order. I'll see if that helps.

kd3pc 07-30-2012 10:06 AM

Re: Should an autopilot be this loud?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jetexas (Post 903022)
I just installed a Simrad WP32 on my boat. I don't think it was ever used, but it is several years old. Does anyone know if they should be this loud or if I should take it apart and attempt to lube something.

Thanks.

Simrad WP32 Wheel Pilot - YouTube

something worn or binding..check the belt tension, too.....

should be much quieter than that

Ritchard 07-31-2012 09:17 AM

Re: Should an autopilot be this loud?
 
My X-5 Smartpilot makes just about that much noise, but it is more like a creaking sound.

gulftex 07-31-2012 09:46 AM

Re: Should an autopilot be this loud?
 
I have the same autopilot and it makes the same noise.New belt and ajustment did not help.
gulftex
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