winch under water

Submitted: Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:35
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Just wondering, will my warn winch work if i am stuck half way through a water crossing.
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:39

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:39
Yes and I would recommend a good service when you get home.

We went through a long water crossing on the Balfour Track in Tasmania at Christmas and ours has already had a service.

Phil
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Follow Up By: brendan l4 - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:42

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 11:42
Did you use it under water
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Follow Up By: Bludge - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:06

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 12:06
Yes x 2

Not aways the best circumstances but modern winches have sealed relays/switchgear and as PJR said a good service afterwards.

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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 20:24

Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 20:24
What sort of water, fresh clean water, brackish water, salt water or desert minerals water...

Electric winches are poorly and cheaply designed and made. I have one, have had several, but the current one is 8 years old. I modded it, provided a breather system and sealed the motor unit.
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Reply By: Penchy - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 07:48

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 07:48
I cannot understand why people continue to buy warn winches. They have a solid history yes, but I feel they have been over taken by another product with better warranty, specifications and price!. The below link is an exhaustive read, but has some good neutral information on warn and other brands.

http://www.4x4earth.com.au/forum/general-4x4-discussion/25959-winch-warrantys-who-support-when-walk.html
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Reply By: Member - mike g2 - Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:45

Friday, May 23, 2014 at 10:45
Hi all, are elect winches completely sealed ? don't see it working under/in water for long or to often then. am familiar with direct drive ones-different story.
MG.
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