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Apollo Trouble Shooting

 Troubleshooting the Model #1500




A different pivot point and some wiring changes will be necessary for push to open installations. Note that the pivot arm and actuator will protrude into the driveway about 10" when the gate is in the open position.

With the gate in the closed position, determine the pivot point using a carpenter's square or tape measure. The pivot point is 6" out from the gate hinge (perpendicular to the gate in the closed position) and 11" parallel to the gate.

Remove 6" of cable sleeve from the connector end of the actuator cable. Cut and reconnect the white/orange and red/black wires as shown.

Push to Open









Apollo Dual Gate Operators basically install the same as the Apollo Single Gate Operator with the exception of the following.

1. An additional five watt solar panel and mounting bracket is provided to increase the charging capacity to ten watts.

2. A 38 foot actuator cable is installed on the slave actuator to be mounted on the opposite side of the control box.

1. Install the master actuator following the instructions above.

2. Mount the slave actuator and hardware.

3. Cut the slave actuator cable about one foot from the white connector. Run the remaining cable across the drive through PVC conduit and up through the control box. Cut off any excess cable and reconnect the short piece with the connector using the supplied wire nuts and plug into the slave connector on the control board.

Solar Panel Installation
The solar panels may be mounted next to each other or may be mounted separately as each panel has its own mounting bracket, cable and battery ring terminal connectors. Both panels should face due south in the northern hemisphere and be unobstructed from shadows, trees and structures.

Final Adjustment
As you open and close the gates, you will notice that the slave side moves about 2-3 seconds slower than the master. By welding stop tabs on the top and bottom of the master side, the two gates may now be adjusted so the slave gate will close against the stop tabs of the master gate and create enough tension to prevent the gates from moving back and forth.









WARNING: Disconnect battery power before proceeding.

Step 1
Establish pivot point as follows:

400 Upgrade Pivot Point

Locate the short arm and position so that the two ears are pointed into the gate. Mount the end closest to the ears on the pivot arm using a ½" x 4 ½" bolt and ½" lock nut. Do not use any washers. The joint should be tight enough to give movement significant stiffness.

Step 2
Locate the long arm and position so the two perpendicular ears are pointed into the gate and the end with the extended ears align with the end of the short arm. Connect the long arm to the short arm using a ½" x 3" bolt and ½" lock nut. Again, the joint should be tight enough to give movement significant stiffness.

Step 3
Mount the actuator between the two sets of ears using ½" x 3" bolts. Continue with step three on the normal installation.









SYMPTOM: Gate opens fine but after closing, opens back up.

1. Automatic reverse sensitivity is set too sensitive. Readjust. CAUTION: Automatic reverse sensitivity should be set sensitive enough to avoid injury.

2. Too much closing pressure on gate. Readjust actuator.

3. Gate is in a bind when closing. Readjust gate.

4. Check that battery voltage is over 12.5 VDC when closing gate.

5. Replace gate control board.




SYMPTOM: Gate doesn't move at all.

1. Check battery voltage (should read 12.5 VDC or higher).

2. Be sure actuator connector is securely seated in the gate control board.

3. Check for damaged actuator cable.

4. Replace gate control board.

5. Plug the actuator cable into the
EMERGENCY BYPASS connector on the control board. Unplug connector before gate goes open too far to avoid blowing the fuse.




SYMPTOM: Gate moves only a few feet, then stops.

1. Check battery voltage (should read 12.5 VDC or higher).

2. Check for gate binding or obstruction.

3. Check for bent actuator screw.

4. Replace gate control board.




SYMPTOM: Gate surges too much when moving.

1. Check for movement in pivot arm when gate is moving. Pivot arm should be rigid for proper operation.

2. Check for loose bolts.

3. Gate is too limber. Stiffen gate with angle iron or square tubing.




SYMPTOM: Gate randomly opens, closes and stops for no reason.

1. Check all transmitters and wireless keypads for a stuck push button.

2. Disconnect all other devices to see if the problem goes away.

3. Disconnect push button from control board (possible bad push button).



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