Winch Warranties

Submitted: Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 14:20
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Hi All, Which brand of 12v winch honors their warranty? I have a Sherpa (Scintex)5yr warranty that had a few problems and being Aust made ( I think) thought I would have no problems getting after sales service, went to their web site looked up support, could not find where to get in touch( site states NOT to ring sales dept as they can't help) and to access a Form that is not there. In frustration I rang sales (only ph # I could find) they gave me a email add for support, I emailed my problems, was told to submit a video ( with instructions on how to do it) of the problems. I did this. A couple of day's later received a reply saying," at first they were going to ask me to send the suspected part into them but as I had thought it may be the gear box they asked why I suspect the g-box? I informed them why, and never heard from them for day's, I eventually received a Returns Advice form, I read the conditions, cheapest freight one way would cost me $128 and if they decided it is not a warranty claim a further $85 inspection fee plus return freight, adds up to about 33% of purchase price. Not what I would call a good warranty. Jeff
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Reply By: RMD - Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 16:15

Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 16:15
Does anyone in Australia make winches? hardly likely to be Australian made. Scintex are just resellers of stuff from overseas. Think South China seas there. The request to supply a video is standard fare for warranty with Foreign owned companies and sales methods. They know it is hard to supply and usually have prohibitive return systems. Unfortunately "they" decide the fault and not you, ie, drunk in charge of the bar? so difficult to make the point. To prove what is wrong you have to dismantle it and then the warranty is shot I would imagine. What are you like at jumping through hoops on demand? Not sure how to solve the problem. If lucky may have a few returns which they might let you have parts from if you know the fault. Pictures of the bits may assist. I think they are based in QLD.
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Reply By: Bushranger1 - Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 16:40

Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 16:40
Hi Jeff,
Sorry to hear of your winch problems.
I recently had an issue with my Warn winch mount which is well out of Warranty.
Contacted ARB by email late one night & by 9.30 am next day local ARB agent called & said I can pick up FOC replacement part whenever I liked.
Great service & I sent an email telling them so.
Despite the price I have used ARB for most 4wd Accessories since the late 70's for bloody good reason.
Hope you get sorted.

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 16:52

Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 16:52
I have stuck with Warn as well because you can seek assistance Australia wide from ARB and various other service agents

A number of winch suppliers have the back to base style warranty which means you need to pull it out of your vehicle which can require bull bar removal in some vehicles and then freight it to them for assessment
Not much good when you are on the road on the west coast and the warranty agent is on the east coast
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Follow Up By: Member - Soft-Trailer - Saturday, Nov 06, 2021 at 18:31

Saturday, Nov 06, 2021 at 18:31
This is the price of Warn and ARB. A lot of people decry it as sub-par quality compared to others like Carbon winch etc... which perhaps it may be. But realistically this is the kind of after market support that causes the increased initial price. I'll always buy from a decently large retailer for this exact reason.
Being part of a Toyota Forum, it boggles my mind that people claim this issues as a reason they bought a Toyota, but then seek the cheapest Chinese made Shi*t to fit with it. Then, they have problems.

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Reply By: Hoyks - Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 19:32

Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 19:32
On 4x4 Earth there is an ongoing thread about winch warranty.

You could always tell them where they can stick their inconvenient warranty conditions and quote Australian Consumer Law.
Their warranty statement and conditions are irrelevant as "Products must be of acceptable quality, that is:

safe, lasting, with no faults
look acceptable
do all the things someone would normally expect them to do."

So a 4x4 recovery winch should be able to be installed to a vehicle and not crap its self due to water ingress from driving in the rain.

"When a product is too large, too heavy or too difficult to remove, the business is responsible for paying the shipping costs or collecting the product within a reasonable time of being notified of the problem. Examples include:

a wide screen TV
a bed
an extension ladder stuck in the extended position
a product that has been subsequently installed, like a stove or a dishwasher.(... or maybe a 4x4 winch)."

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 20:46

Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 20:46
That is fine but you still need to engage legal assistance or perhaps do it yourself if so inclined and take the company to court to get a ruling to enforce the consumer law. Not a cheap or fast process
In the meantime you still have no winch for several months
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 22:20

Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 22:20
As long as you're sure the problem is unrelated to misuse, lack of servicing etc the first step is to call their bluff, nicely. Point out that as sellers ACL requires them to reimburse you for freight costs - as Hoyks has pointed out. Any decent business will then do the right thing. Make sure you keep a record of emails etc

It's incredible how many sellers either don't know consumer law or who initially refuse to meet their responsibility. If push comes to shove you can complain to the ACCC and/or take the seller to a small claims court - IF you're inclined. The ACC won't do much/anything but the business will be on their books.

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021 at 16:10

Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021 at 16:10
ACCC won’t do anything and their website tells you that
There role is to inform you of the law, it is up to you to take the required steps to enforce it
If the vendor doesn’t voluntarily make good you need to go down the legal channels which is time and money
For the price of most winches it is not a viable option
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Follow Up By: Bazooka - Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021 at 20:54

Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021 at 20:54
Yep in most but not all cases the ACCC will not act against a business. Dodgy sellers rely on bluff and people either not knowing their consumer rights or being unwilling to follow them up where relatively small amounts are involved. And that's why it's important (after exhausting all avenues with the seller and/or manufacturer) to file an official complaint .

As far as enforcement of consumer law is concerned the ACCC picks its marks so that it can use its limited resources to greatest effect. If consumers don't complain then they won't know about particular practices - such as exaggerated or misleading discount claims for example. Kogan, Harris-Scarfe are just two I can recall which have been brought to book. The ACCC keeps a record of all complaints and will advise state consumer bodies of recalcitrants when they notice certain trends, so if nothing else you may be helping future victims. Public naming and shaming is fraught these days so it's one of few options available to dudded consumers.
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Reply By: RMD - Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 20:31

Monday, Nov 01, 2021 at 20:31
What is the fault? What are the symptoms? Can you diagnose the issue? and report it here!
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Follow Up By: Jeff S7 - Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021 at 10:59

Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021 at 10:59
Hi Guy's Thanks for the advice, Symptoms were (1) would power OUT but not back IN,(2) would not free wheel. After getting freight quotes etc,Took it into Auto Elec and he found a loose wire in the metal connector on the end of hand control cable that plugs into sol- box,(1) fixed ($35). Still have (2) to work on.Jeff
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Follow Up By: RMD - Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021 at 13:02

Tuesday, Nov 02, 2021 at 13:02
Therefore gearbox planetaries are ok, but the ratchet one way release must be stuck or disconnected or something similar. Not exactly the gearbox but on related parts.
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Follow Up By: Hoyks - Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021 at 17:40

Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021 at 17:40
Not enough or too much grease in the gearbox can stop the locking ring moving.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021 at 18:58

Wednesday, Nov 03, 2021 at 18:58
As Hoyks mentioned the lubrication. The mechanism can be restricted by simply being wrong type/viscosity. Perhaps add some diff oil, just a little, and it may free the release mechanism. Always try easy stuff first.
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Reply By: Batt's - Thursday, Nov 04, 2021 at 12:59

Thursday, Nov 04, 2021 at 12:59
Good to see it was an easy fix in the long run. I have been thinking about getting a Sherpa winch having previously owning a Warn XD9000 which I sold with the car that never had any issues with it. The Sherpa is geared lower and weighs in lighter have you used yours much and is it overall ok.
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Follow Up By: Jeff S7 - Thursday, Nov 04, 2021 at 13:55

Thursday, Nov 04, 2021 at 13:55
Hi Batt's, Haven't fixed the 2nd issue (not free wheeling) yet, have to remove bullbar to get winch out. I bought the Sherpa 17,000lb mainly because of pulling power and weight,advertised performance under water(video) and being an Australian company,has only been used rarely on heavy pulls( double line) and I don't think the single line pull ratting is accurate. The last winch I owned was a hydraulic mile maker( TJM ox) used and abused with no problems at all, in the end when I sold the car it had broken connecting bars( cable winding in too high in the one area)and still worked ok. Jeff
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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Nov 04, 2021 at 16:44

Thursday, Nov 04, 2021 at 16:44
Same sort of reasons I was looking at them I'm looking at the 9500 Mustang thanks for the info.
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