Howdy folks. I’m having some issues with my Xi5 and thought I’d reach out to see if anyone has had similar issues. I have the GPS module, but have never used (any don’t know how) any functions outside of the GPS anchor. I have updated my Lowrance units and it does not look like my serial is in the range that requires the latest update.
Firstly is my lag and erratic behavior issue. There is a lag between the input to the pedal and when the motor turns, and it is very inconsistent with input. It constantly goes off with a mind on its own and has erratic behavior like continuing to turn left long after the foot is removed from the pedal. This makes the unit very aggravating to use, but I have at least been able to make due and pull my foot off when it goes crazy to let it do its thing. I will note that when using the handheld remote there is no lag whatsoever.
Secondly, I had some issues connecting the pedal to the TM. This is the second pedal for this unit, the first being replaced by the original owner (which is my fishing partner). I have figured this one out with much help from online forums – it does not connect using ‘official’ means, but there is a special quirk to it where if I hold down the sync buttons while applying power to the TM, the operation is successful.
Now those have been annoying, but my third issue is the worst as it keeps me off the water. My Xi5 now will not turn left while using the pedal. When using the hand remote everything works flawlessly without lag, this is what makers me think the control board is fine. When using the pedal, however, all works fine outside of the erratic issues detailed above for about 5-10 minutes, and then it goes into a ‘studder mode’ where it does not want to turn left. It looks like it is trying but it is studdering. This does not seem to be a result of the mechanical discs / caps. There is nothing moving or spinning left at all.
I can confirm that I do have the newer iteration of the control board with the white filling. Everything on the control board and pedal’s control board seems to be connected securely and the batteries in the pedal have been changed multiple times throughout troubleshooting.
Has anyone had similar issues as detailed above and can provide any insight as to what might fix these issues? I’d hate to throw $400-500 in parts at this thing for it to not solve anything.