>>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?
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