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Old 04-11-2021, 08:43 PM
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Depth Gauge Reading Incorrectly

I have a 2008 X2 and my depth gauge has recently starting acting up. Within the last couple weeks it started fluctuating between the correct depth (30 to 60 ft, typically) and very shallow, usually 1 to 8 ft. It will read properly at times, but when it's having the problem it fluctuates between readings every couple of seconds or so. Does anyone know what could cause this issue and how to fix it? Thanks a bunch!
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Old 04-11-2021, 11:52 PM
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Your boat is letting you know it’s getting time to spend more money. Sounds like your transducer is going out.
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Old 04-12-2021, 08:02 AM
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Transducer on the inside of the hull is either failing or is coming loose from the epoxy that holds it to the hull and this gap is causing the false reading.
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Old 04-12-2021, 12:21 PM
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Yeah, that's what I was expecting to hear. I'm hoping tonight I can get down to the boat and check for any loose connections or whatnot. Can anyone easily point me to where the transducer is located? Also can anyone send a link to where to buy the part assuming a simple loose connection isn't the problem? I did some searching but didn't come up with any concrete info.
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Old 04-12-2021, 02:11 PM
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Yeah, that's what I was expecting to hear. I'm hoping tonight I can get down to the boat and check for any loose connections or whatnot. Can anyone easily point me to where the transducer is located? Also can anyone send a link to where to buy the part assuming a simple loose connection isn't the problem? I did some searching but didn't come up with any concrete info.
I have the same issue and not willing to spend $700 yet. https://shop.southfloridamarine.com/...uctId=-6017133
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Old 04-12-2021, 03:22 PM
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What you describe is the typical failure modes for these transducer. Most likely your only option will be to replace it. I've replaced 2 or 3 in various boats over time.
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Old 04-12-2021, 07:28 PM
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Mine just recently went out so I put in a new transducer. I was certain that this would fix it because the old transducer had a crack in it but come to find out the new transducer did not fix it. It turns out that the module that the transducer relays the information back to shorted out and it is over $900. I decided that I should try something else before going that route so I put in a circular 2 inch Hawkeye depth finder. It has worked great so far and I got it on sale for $89(think they are regularly around $120). Just wanted to throw this out there since I have been satisfied with it and it is much more budget friendly.
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Old 04-12-2021, 07:47 PM
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Mine just recently went out so I put in a new transducer. I was certain that this would fix it because the old transducer had a crack in it but come to find out the new transducer did not fix it. It turns out that the module that the transducer relays the information back to shorted out and it is over $900. I decided that I should try something else before going that route so I put in a circular 2 inch Hawkeye depth finder. It has worked great so far and I got it on sale for $89(think they are regularly around $120). Just wanted to throw this out there since I have been satisfied with it and it is much more budget friendly.
^ this

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Old 04-13-2021, 11:15 AM
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I should clarify my comment. I'm talking about the years of boats that use the all-in-one AIRMAR triducers or biducers like the one @spOOky posted a link. There are earlier setups where the transducer is epoxied to the hull, and the electronics are in a separate module.

The AIRMAR transducers are mounted in a sleeve that goes through the hull. All the electronics are built into the single module, and it just connects to the boat's NMEA 2k bus.
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