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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-21-2002, 07:26 PM
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To fix a winch...

I have a nice large winch that works just... too fine to be exact. When I wire the solenoid and then apply the positive lead to the solenoid, the winch activates as if the remote is triggered. The remote is not even attached.

I know I have everything wired correctly to the solenoid, and from the solenoid to the winch. I can reverse the pos and neg and have my winch reel itself in. But it is drawing power when it shouldn't.

Is there something that could short inside the winch itself that would cause this? Isn't the winch just a group of gears without the solenoid? Can I assume something is grounding inside the solenoid and replace the solenoid?

It is a Superwinch X-6c k lb winch if that helps in diagnosis.

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I'll give you $50.00 for it as-is.


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post #3 of (permalink) Old 02-22-2002, 07:20 AM
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Re: To fix a winch...

It's difficult to diagnose from a quick e-mail since so many things could be wrong. Maybe the following will help: 1) Did you check the continuity of the solenoid(s) when no power is applied? Maybe the solenoid is bad and is stuck in the closed position even when power isn't applied. 2) Is the hot lead to the solenoid(s) hot all the time? I assume that it should only be hot when the switch is turned on.

I have a Warn 8000 so I don't know if this applies to the Superwinch, but the winch itself has a bunch of planetary gears attached to a sealed electric motor. There is no control circuitry in the motor itself. Therefore, I think the only thing that could short out and cause the motor to run is in the control box. If the motor itself shorted, I would imagine it just wouldn't work or it would heat up and destruct when power is applied via the control box.

I hope this helps.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 02-22-2002, 09:16 AM
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>>If the motor itself shorted, I would imagine it just wouldn't work

That is my logic, but I know nothing of winches, have never opened one up myself. So I didn't want to assume anything first.

I don't have a meter so I have not been able to hit the solenoid and check for continuity, but based on the fact that the motor should not engage until the remote is plugged in and the trigger squeezed, I again assume that something in the solenoid is frozen/shorting.

I can reverse the leads and get the winch to reel in and out, but I cannot get it to stop one or the other without disconnecting the battery altogether.

I'm wondering if maybe something in the solenoid is siezed from being out in the elements. I have had to clean the contact points on this unit constantly over its life span. Could perhaps somwething have rusted insde the solenoid, say the positive contact that runs from the remote plug to the solenoid itself have corroded inside, causing it to freeze in the "on" position?

/shrug

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It sounds like the solenoid switch is fused in the close position. You may be able to fix it by tapping it with a small hammer. It sounds funny but I have witnessed it working.

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Seen it done it, believe it. Just wanted to get some advice from others before i started tapping away at it, in case there was something I jsut didn't know about it.



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