A power tilt and trim is a great feature to have when running a boat. It allows you to raise or lower the motor from the steering column. It also trims the boat while running so that the boat moves more efficiently, saving fuel and making for a smoother ride. A toggle switch can be used to control the pistons that raise and lower the motor. Wiring a toggle switch to the power tilt and trim is a fairly straightforward job.
Loosen and disconnect the positive and negative cables from the battery, using the adjustable wrench.
Locate a place on the dashboard to install the toggle switch. Use a cordless drill and a 1/2-inch bit to drill a 1/2-inch hole at the desired location.
Locate the keyway on the toggle switch and make sure it is pointed up.
Find the wire assembly under the dashboard. Identify the wires labeled "up," "down" and "12V."
Connect the down wire coming from the power tilt and trim to the top post of the toggle switch by pushing the female end of the wire onto the male end of the toggle switch. The down wire of the power tilt and trim lowers the motor.
Connect the up wire coming from the power tilt and trim to the bottom post of the toggle switch by pushing the female end of the wire onto the male end of the toggle switch. The up wire of the power tilt and trim raises the motor.
Connect the 12V wire coming from the power tilt and trim to the center post by pushing the female end of the wire onto the male end of the toggle switch. The 12V wire supplies power to the power tilt and trim.
Push the toggle switch through the 1/2-inch hole you drilled in the dashboard assembly. Screw the nut provided onto the threads on the toggle switch, then tighten with the adjustable wrench.
Reattach the positive and negative cables to the corresponding posts on the battery. Tighten with the adjustable wrench.
Things You'll Need
- Cordless drill
- 1/2-inch drill bit
- Adjustable wrench
Make sure that the battery terminals and posts are free of corrosion to ensure that adequate power is supplied to the power tilt and trim.
Always be sure to disconnect the battery when doing any work related to your boat's electrical system.
Jeannine Lowe is a business technology teacher at McKenzie High School in Tennessee. She has been writing on business and marketing topics since 2007. Lowe obtained her Master of Science in education through Walden University, specializing in integrating technology into the classroom.