Warn winch repair job

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 23:03
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I have a Warn 9000lb winch. Unfortunately the lever that allows the winch to free-spool has locked itself in the engaged position, seemingly never to move again. This does make spooling out the cable a rather time consuming process. Does anyone have any idea as to the problem's solution? As the winch is a few years and water crossings old it may be time for a bit of a service. Any ideas as to where I might find some info on DIY servicing? Thanks in anticipation
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Reply By: Truckster (Vic) - Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 23:05

Tuesday, Feb 01, 2005 at 23:05
Where on the planet are you.

any 4wd place will service it. years without a service?
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Follow Up By: MichaelR - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 08:51

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 08:51
Truckster
Did you get up on the wrong side of the bed or are you naturally a grumpy bloke? I did ask for information re DIY servicing. I understand that I could have it serviced somewhere but I do like to know how things work, am reasonably competant and don't mind saving the odd dollar if I am not compromising safety and reliability. Probably like many others on this site.
You may have a point about the length of time between services...
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:03

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:03
Naturally grumpy.
I was askin where you are to possibly give you some shops I know that are always willing to assist people in doing things DIY, and also would sell you any parts that you would need.

Rip out the winch.
Remove the cable.
Take the Motor end off
See how much rust is inside.
Buy new parts from anywhere you can
Replace rooted parts
Grease everything. put together
Wind cable on and off 4 times.

have a lovely day.
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Follow Up By: Member - Jeff M (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 16:18

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 16:18
"Naturally grumpy." LOL! I like it Truckster!
(Good plain simple instructions too, not much too it if your willing to have a go).
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Reply By: Member - Matt Mu (Perth-WA) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 00:08

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 00:08
Have you done search??

Im pretty sure someone here posted about a web article about stripping a Warn and servicing it with pics etc! Ages ago but maybe worth trying that little search button.

But apart from that, the warn is pretty simple if you wanted to drop the end cover off and have a look. Dare say or rusted in!

Goodluck

Matt
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Follow Up By: MichaelR - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 09:03

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 09:03
Thanks Matt
Did a search but could not find any info, which surprised me. I will have a go at pulling the winch to bits but was interested to get any information I could before doing so. Thanks again
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Reply By: Member - Davoe (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 09:03

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 09:03
dunno about it not moving but I replaced a busted one (170$!!!!!!!!!!!!! I kid u not) it is simple with one grub screw perhaps remove the lever and atack it with crc. one of the 4by mags did a story on servicing winches recently
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Reply By: Member - Chrispy (NSW) - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 09:38

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 09:38
.... and at the same time you can clear out all the muck and grime from the relays too.... or take the opportunity to replace them :)
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Reply By: Poppy - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:38

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 10:38
Michael, I had same problem and if you check my post 19546 on 17th Jan/05 you will find heaps of info
I pulled my winch apart and fixed it without any worries just the cost of gaskets and 1 seal plus new grease
Hope this helps
Regards Poppy
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Reply By: madcow - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 14:14

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 14:14
it's a shame that some responses don't reflect the way they were intended, therefore confusing everybody as to how it was meant to come across. A little common sense would prevail and save getting people "offside" even if not intended. Like everything else a winch needs regular maintenance periodicly.

cheers
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Reply By: MichaelR - Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 19:57

Wednesday, Feb 02, 2005 at 19:57
Thanks everyone for your input, including Truckster. Good to get advice. Makes it a more comfortable experince when pulling the end of a bit of unfamiliar equipment.
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Reply By: Tuff60 - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 00:43

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 00:43
While we're at it, anybody know where to source the cheapest Warn whinch bits, it can't be ARB, and if it is, anybody want to buy a busted hi mount, as a tirfor is cheaper.
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Reply By: Tim (vic) - Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 13:32

Thursday, Feb 03, 2005 at 13:32
If you ring a supplier they should be able to fax you an exploded diagram of your winch, which should give you a good idea on how it is together.
That is what i done with my Ramsay winch

Cheers Tim
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