How To: Fix a broken button on a watersnake foot pedal
If you made the same mistake I did, buying a Watersnake instead of a Minn Kota, I'm sure you've been in a situation like this. There is nothing more annoying then getting on the water only to find, for one of a hundred different reason, that your electric motor is broken. In this case, the accelerator button is stuck in the on position.
It didn't take too long to find the issue and I've made this short video to show you just how easy it is to fix.
You will most likely have to order a new switch, which you can do here; http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Jarvis-Walker-Watersnake-Foot-Pedal-Micro-Switch-Replacement-FREE-POSTAGE-/222536769936?hash=item33d039a190:g:OhEAAOSwrhBZNpQ6.
If you don't want to watch the video, the written instructions and images below will help.
First things first, remove the million screws on the underside of the pedal. I'd suggest using an electric ratcheting screwdriver to save time.
Flip it back over, remove the top cover, and then the offending button.
Remove the 4 screws holding on the outer case on the switch, and then remove the case.
You have now exposed the switch. In our case, it's plan to see that the auto return on the switch is broken. Most likely the damage was caused by water making its way in and rusting out the spring inside.
Here is the new switch. The connectors are offset so you can easily tell the direction of the switch. You can also see on the new switch how the momentary function is meant to work.
Cut and strip the top wire. Connect the first wire completely before you start the second to avoid confusing the two blue wires.
Double check the direction of the switch, then solder the wire onto the connection.
Repeat the process on the second wire. I would suggestion having both wires face upwards in the direction they will be traveling before soldering to reduce strain on the wires over time.
After that it's pretty straight forward. Put the switch case back on and using the button, test to make sure the new switch performs and is seated correctly. Then just replace all the screws making especially sure that the outside screws are firm enough to create a water tight seal and hopefully avoid having this same issue again.
If you have any other questions please let me know in the comments below the youtube video or via facebook, otherwise I hope this gave you a cheap and easy fix to help you get back out on the water quicker, and next time, buy a bloody Minn Kota.
Again, if you need to purchase a switch, the cheapest and quickest way is from the following ebay link: http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Jarvis-Walker-Watersnake-Foot-Pedal-Micro-Switch-Replacement-FREE-POSTAGE-/222536769936?hash=item33d039a190:g:OhEAAOSwrhBZNpQ6