What's inside Powerwinches
Powerwinches are electric winches that contain motors, switches, gears, drums and other components. You'll find diagrams of winch units, mechanical chassis and electrical systems in addition to a list of specific winch parts like the frame assembly, gear arm, motors, sockets, springs and more when looking at the parts diagram. These parts could fix a malfunctioning motor or other winch problem.
Commonly replaced Powerwinch parts
- Crank—An emergency hand crank is a critical piece of equipment for any winch. A Powerwinch emergency hand crank should always accompany your Powerwinch to be used if your winch motor becomes inoperable. The crank can be used to manually operate the winch.
- Clutch—The clutch of the winch engages the drive mechanism of the winch to let line in or out. Disengage the clutch when the motor isn't in use and to manually pull line out of the winch. You may need to replace the clutch of your winch if the motor is running but the line will not move. Powerwinch clutch replacement kits are available.
- Switch assembly—The winch switch assembly is a simple hand control with “winch in” and “winch out” buttons used to control the winch motor. The switch assembly connects directly to the winch with a 6- or 10-foot cord. Due to its portability, it can be easily lost, but replacement switches for all models of Powerwinch can be purchased.
- Lubricant—Powerwinch lubricant should be used periodically on all internal and external winch parts to prevent corrosion and breakdown of important parts. Properly lubricating winch parts is the simplest and least expensive way to maintain your winch.
- Cable assembly—The cable assembly is also known as the cable or the line of the winch. It's important to routinely check the entire length of your winch’s cable assembly for frays, cuts or excessive wear marks. A damaged cable can snap when put under stress, with potentially life-threatening results.
- Ring terminals—The ring terminals connect the red and black wires leading from your winch to the battery that powers the motor. It's normal for corrosion to build up on these terminals over time. Use a stiff bristle brush and a baking soda and water solution to clean them, or you can order replacement ring terminals.
- Motor—The winch motor, gears and clutch combine to rotate the drum and pull the winch line in under loaded conditions. Winch motors operate under battery power and use gear ratios to pull the line in under very heavy loads.
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