Smartcraft trim fault reading

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by 2300 Select Norway, Jan 18, 2020.

  1. 2300 Select Norway

    2300 Select Norway New Member

    7
    Sep 21, 2019
    Norway
    2009 Sea Ray 230 Select 50th anniversary edition.
    Mercruiser 350 Magnum 300hp bravo 2
    I have read a lot about trim fault warnings jamming out the Smartcraft instrument. The right way of solving the problem is probably to change the trim sender on the outdrive, alternatively to re calibrate the SC trim setting. Is it a way to get rid of the warning without doing the above mentioned operations? I don’t need the trim pitch to be announced, I know what I need, and it trims well. I just want the fault warning not to pop up on my instrument, because it doesn’t allow me to enter other pages in the menu. I plan to change the trim sender after the season, but want to combine the job with servicing the outdrive.
     
  2. boatmailster

    boatmailster Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2007
    NY
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    If I remember correctly, in CAL1 mode you can disable trim pop up window.
     
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  3. Bt Doctur

    Bt Doctur Well-Known Member

    Aug 21, 2010
    New Jersey
    Ex SRV 240 Weekender twin
    in between
    Go analog
     
  4. pyro

    pyro Member

    112
    Dec 4, 2018
    CT, Long Island Sound
    2008 Sundancer 290
    Twin 5.0L MPI Bravo III
    Kohler 5ecd
    Are you getting actual warnings or just that the trim position number pops up for a few seconds and takes over the display temporarily but often enough to be a pain?
     
  5. 2300 Select Norway

    2300 Select Norway New Member

    7
    Sep 21, 2019
    Norway
    2009 Sea Ray 230 Select 50th anniversary edition.
    Mercruiser 350 Magnum 300hp bravo 2
    I guess the last is my problem. I try to select other pages with the mode selector, but trim always override the display. Could of course try to turn trim off in the Cal 1 setup. It does not show any actual trim numbers. Trim 0-10 or 25 are not present, and that may be because of faulty trim sender.
     
  6. pyro

    pyro Member

    112
    Dec 4, 2018
    CT, Long Island Sound
    2008 Sundancer 290
    Twin 5.0L MPI Bravo III
    Kohler 5ecd
    I had a digital trim sender do this a few times, then went completely dead. I purchased a new trim sender ~9 months ago. End of last season the trim sender starting giving intermittent changes again overriding the display. Most times it would just change by 1-2 numbers, but once I even saw it go all the way up to 25, then back down.

    I called Mercruiser since it was within warranty 12 month period. They claimed they never heard of this behavior and that it was likely the boat wiring. Obviously since replacing my 1st one solved the problem immediately, I don't trust the technician's explanation.

    I never tried the smartcraft disable, but this seems to be the workaround to avoid the annoyance. Get the smartcraft manual for more information on how to work the menu system.
     

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