Many Thanks for your input Tim. I will consider your suggestion but my mount is directly connected to my laptop and through a dedicated 12V 5 AMPS power supply that is double regulated that is connected to an electrical source. However, I have been operating at high temperatures (25 Degree Celsius) 80 F where I have had issues with other similar PS in the past. They had thermal protection, so I experienced shut downs. A fix to this was to attach a PC fan to the back fins to cool off the unit. AS a precaution, I will attach another fan to the PS that feeds the mount.
I do not use powered cables as I employ all four USB ports directly from a laptop.
I found out that EQMOD has a Declination Backlash setting and preliminary analysis suggests that through this setting, the amount of declination slip could be reduced. Further trials will determine whether I could eliminate the backlash or not. I also discovered that a beta version of PHDII guiding has a backlash compensation but this is another possibility that could be used as a backup to this problem.