I have a 2004 M40D2 Tohatsu outboard motor and the power trim and tilt is not working. The motor sat in storage on the boat from 2005-10 and I started using it last summer, it has approx 35 hours on it and it worked fine until 2 months ago when the boat overheated because the water impeller in the jet pump stopped working, I raised the 40hp with the power trim and I limped to side of the river with my trolling motor, then on shore noticed that the power trim was slow and stopped working and would only click when it hit the trim button. The motor was hot and I was more concerned about the impeller. A week later the impeller was replaced and I had the dealer check the power trim and it worked to lower the motor. Then I headed for the lake and as I was backing the boat down the ramp I trimmed the motor up and it only made it halfway up before the power trim stopped working and the clicking started again. The clicking is now much quieter, and almost in audible.
I tested the wires to make sure the trim motor was getting power and it is. I also checked the fluid in the power trim (it is full and not leaking) and tilt unit and manually purged the motor by raising and lowering it 5-6 times as the owner's manual suggest. This did not fix the problem.
The local dealer told me he thought I needed a new power tillt motor that would be $400 plus, is there a better way to address or should I bite the bullet and have him install the new motor?