Troubleshooting your winch
Some of the more common problems that winches experience include frayed rope, motor problems, remote issues, spooling troubles and a bad contactor. Any of these problems can put your winch out of commission, requiring repairs or replacement parts.
What are the causes of some common winch problems?
- Rope fraying is a pretty unavoidable occurrence during the lifespan of your winch. Regardless if you use steel or synthetic rope, the torque and pressure exerted on it will eventually start to pull strands loose. However, there can also be an issue with the spool that will shorten the rope's life. If the rope spools awkwardly, it can rub against the metal housing, which will tear at it. If the rope is getting frayed, then you'll need to replace it to avoid it snapping and possibly causing injury.
- If your winch will not respond when you press on the remote, it might not be the motor or electric system that's malfunctioning. Rather, the touch sensors underneath the buttons can wear out or the signal can be registered in the remote but never be sent to the winch. Try manually operating the winch to see if the remote is malfunctioning.
- The motor is the workhorse of the winch and can fail for quite a few different problems. Solenoids can burn out, gears can be ground down, wires can fray and dirt can get underneath the motor housing and clog things up. The best place to start if the motor will not start up is to open up the casing and inspect for dirt and debris that might be inside. If there’s none, then inspect the wires, gears and more, visually looking for signs of parts being worn out.
- The contactor is attached to the winch and contains the relays that turn it on and off. If one of the relays burns out or if the terminals on it become corroded, then power will not get transferred to the winch. If the terminals are corroded, you can try cleaning them using white vinegar and a cotton swab.
- The spool that the rope wraps around can malfunction if the bearings wear out or if it becomes misaligned from winching excessively heavy objects. A misaligned spool will cause the rope to wrap around it awkwardly and could cause fraying.
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