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Old 19-12-2011, 20:57   #1
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Autohelm 4000+ Clutch lever pops

The clutch lever on my Raymarine Autohelm 4000+ pops open frequently, especially when turning the wheel to port. I use a velcro strap to hold it down and the autohelm works well otherwise. Can someone tell me if there is an adjustment I can make or a repair I can do to the unit?

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Old 20-12-2011, 07:13   #2
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Re: Autohelm 4000+ Clutch lever pops

For the earlier Mark I BLACK drives: Open the cover and check the cam roller that is atached to the lever. Make sure that it turns smoothly. If not, you will need to remove it and clean and lube. I think this is one of the major causes for the clutch lever popping.

A new belt may help and the belt tension can be adjusted. There is a small black plug on the back of the wheel next to the motor. Pry the plug out and you will see a round nut with an allen type bolt in the center. These are for adjusting the belt.
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Old 20-12-2011, 07:54   #3
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Re: Autohelm 4000+ Clutch lever pops

If the adjustment knob is snug, and belt doesn't slip when the handle is firmly in position, AND the handle's axle screw snug... Then, the problem is that the handle's detente, (on the back side where you can't see it), has elongated from use. Remove it to confirm this, then order a new one from Ray Marine. I have one on order from them now, for my 3000+, and they are currently on BO.

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Old 20-12-2011, 08:22   #4
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Re: Autohelm 4000+ Clutch lever pops

The "detente" prematurely fail on heavier boats.Mine failed after 3 months,new one has lasted all the way from B.C. to Mexico 2 years ago and still works fine.The secret is to keep a bungy on lever,right from out of the box.I also carry complete spare drive unit.
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Re: Autohelm 4000+ Clutch lever pops

Hello highseas,
Where did you get a drive for your 4000+ ???
I need a spare.
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Re: Autohelm 4000+ Clutch lever pops

Boatersland online used to sell them seperate ,not sure if they still do.
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Old 20-12-2011, 16:32   #7
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Re: Autohelm 4000+ Clutch lever pops

Wow! Less than 24hrs and I have several useful suggestions! Thanks all! These agree with the suggestion to check the belt tension from Ratheon. I will not at the boat until next month, but will report results when I try these fixes.
Thanks again! Mike
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