Troubleshooting QUEST Motors with Error Codes (2023-present)

If the trolling motor senses an error, it will send a signal to the Wireless Remote, and a red banner will appear on the display screen. Use the Diagnostic Menu to view the associated Error Code, and then reference the Error Code Table in this manual to resolve the error.

View Error Codes on the Wireless Remote

  1. Press the Menu button.
  2. Use the Speed Up or Speed Down button to find System. Use the Steer Right button to select System.
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  3. In the System Menu, use the Speed Up or Speed Down button to find Diagnostic. Press the Steer Right button to select Diagnostic.
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  4. Use the Speed Up or Speed Down button to find Error Codes. Press the Steer Right button to select Error Codes.
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  5. If there is an Error Code, the Error Code will be displayed on the screen. Refer to the table below for a description of the Error Code.
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  6. If there are no Error Codes to display, the display screen will show No Error Codes.
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Error Codes

Error Code Error Name Motor Effect Possible Recovery Action(s)
1.1 Battery voltage too high LED flashes red.
Lower unit turns off.
Prop and steering are disabled.
Check voltage of batteries. If high, check for battery charger malfunction, or check if too many batteries are connected in series. Power cycle to reset.
1.2 Battery voltage too low LED flashes red. Lower unit turns off. Prop and steering are disabled. Trim and steering are disabled (RT Instinct QUEST/Ulterra QUEST/Ulterra). Check battery connection.
Charge trolling motor batteries.
Power cycle to reset.
1.3 Steering circuit failure LED flashes red.
Lower unit turns off.
Prop and steering are disabled.
Power cycle to reset.
1.4 Lower unit over-heated LED flashes red.
Lower unit turns off.
Prop and steering are disabled.
Lower unit needs to cool down.
Power cycle to reset
1.5 Excessive current to lower unit LED flashes red.
Lower unit turns off.
Prop and steering are disabled.
Power cycle to reset.
1.6 Excessive current to lower unit when Prop is off LED flashes red.
Lower unit turns off.
Prop and steering are disabled.
Power cycle to reset.
1.7 Pre-charge circuit failure LED flashes red.
Lower unit turns off.
Prop is disabled.
Steering is disabled on Terrova QUEST and Ultrex QUEST.
Power cycle to reset.
1.8 Stow/deploy horizontal sensors are reporting active at the same time Prop, trim, steering and stow/deploy are disabled. Service required; contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
1.9 Small motor pre-charge failed LED flashes red. Trim, steering, and tilt are disabled on Ulterra QUEST and RT Instinct QUEST. Power cycle to reset.
2.1 Over-current trip on lower unit/inverter The inverter stops the motor. Toggle the Prop after the fault is cleared.
2.2 Lower unit/inverter synchronization error The inverter stops the motor. Toggle the Prop after the fault is cleared.
2.3 Loss of communication to inverter The inverter stops the motor. A loss of communications may require a power cycle. If communication is not restored, contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.1 Steering position sensor communication error Limited steering speed.
No steering feedback.
No Auto Park or Straight Ahead Deploy.
Try power cycle to reset.
Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.2 Trim position sensor communication error Reduced trim speed.
Can only manually trim for 2 second intervals.
No automatic stow or deploy.
Try power cycle to reset.
Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.3 Loss of magnet from steering position sensor Limited steering speed.
No steering feedback.
No Auto Park or Straight Ahead Deploy.
Try power cycle to reset.
Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.4 Loss of magnet from trim position sensor Reduced trim speed.
Can only manually trim for 2 second intervals.
No automatic stow or deploy.
Try power cycle to reset.
Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.5 Stow/deploy sensor error Prop turns off and stow LED turns off.
Disables stow/deploy for RT Instinct QUEST/Ulterra QUEST.
RT Instinct QUEST/Ulterra QUEST: Check if actuator is stuck orif the magnet fell out.
Terrova QUEST: If ramps flipped up while deployed, flip them back down.
If sensors are damaged, contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.6 Deploy and horizontal sensors reporting active at same time Prop, trim, steering, and stow/deploy are disabled. Sensor is damaged. Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.7 Emergency release pin sensor is reporting inactive Prop and stow/deploy process are disabled. Sensor is damaged. Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.8 End-of-Travel/Foot Pedal sensor reporting active at same time Steering is not active. Sensor is damaged. Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.9 Foot pedal pressure sensor failure Steering is not active from the foot pedal. Sensor is damaged. Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.10 Stow/lever sensors reporting active at the same time Prop off and stow LED is off. Steering could be limited. Sensor is damaged. Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service
3.11 Stow/deploy/lever sensor reporting active Prop off and stow LED is off.
Steering could be limited.
Sensor is damaged. Contact Minn Kota Authorized Service Center for service.
3.12 Steering calibration values are out of range Steering range is limited. Contact Minn Kota customer service or Authorized Service Center to perform steering calibration.
4.1 Steering motor exceeds current limit Steering time-outs will occur if current limit can be maintained or untiltorque on shaft is reduced. Re-initiate steering by steering left or right.
4.6 Trim motor exceeds current limit Disables trim. Reinitiate trim by trimming in opposite direction.
4.8 Tilt motor exceeds current limit Stops stow/deploy. Auto-cleared. Re-initiate stow or deploy.
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