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    Default Warn Winch - Not Spooling Out

    Hi all,

    Has anyone experiences this:
    - Winch will no longer spool out (neither with remote or on free spool)
    - Winch will happily spool back in with remote
    - Will not release cable in any way, stuck properly

    Have done numerous internet searches and the problems range from "easy to fix" to "severe and throw away".

    Can't tell you which model Warn it is, it is tucked away behind the plastic bumper - will see more when replacement bumpers are fitted next week.

    Any advice appreciated.
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    Default Re: Warn Winch - Not Spooling Out

    Probably gunked up from muck, needs to be stripped, cleaned and stuck back together, they are very simple things.

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    Default Re: Warn Winch - Not Spooling Out

    Most likely a faulty solenoid.

    Have you tried feelspooling and reversing the vehicle. That should free up and pinched wires.

    Fixing the solenoid is a diy job, but if thatís not your bag and half decent auto electrician will be able to mend it.

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    I run the winch every month in and out a few times.

    Just 3 or 4 meters.
    You'll be amazed how sticky they can get after 6 months of doing nothing.
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    Thanks all,

    After some manhandling (even though SWAMBO helped) - managed to get it to free spool.

    Then realised there was nothing securing the end of the winch rope to the winch, and pulled it all off - will rewind soon and crimp in somehow.
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    Default Re: Warn Winch - Not Spooling Out

    I am pretty sure there should be a bolt holding the cable onto the drum.

    Glad you got it sorted.

    If you have cash you can consider changing to a plasma rope as they are much lighter, and seem to be favored. Personally for my use I am happy with the steel cable.

    Warn were also very helpful with manuals when I wanted to redo my 8274 a good few years back.

    Peter simons from mr winch also does overhauls on them, if you are ever in dbn.

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    Default Re: Warn Winch - Not Spooling Out

    Should look similar to this.
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    Default Re: Warn Winch - Not Spooling Out

    Quote Originally Posted by jfh View Post
    Should look similar to this.
    Thanks for that, definitely don't have that on there! Will sort this weekend hopefully
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    Default Re: Warn Winch - Not Spooling Out

    The bolt doesn't hold the cable onto the drum, it just makes it easier to start spooling in with a new cable. The first few winds clamping on themselves are what "sticks" the cable to the drum for winching.

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    Thanks all.

    Tidied up the cable which was frayed at the end, and managed to get it back into the lug which I then recrimped.

    Also opened up the casing, greased gears etc - running beautifully now
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