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Unread 02-28-2013, 09:50 PM   #1
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Warn Winch Help...

So, I finally got the time to install my Warn M8000. It worked a year or so ago, but sat outside on my friends xj since then. He just gave it back to me and now it doesn't work so well.

When I try to reel the cable in or out, all I hear is click and buzz from the solonoids. The motor doesn't move. I looked at the solonoids, and there is no corrosion.

First, any ideas? What could be wrong?

Second, where is the best place to order replacement parts for Warn winches?

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Unread 03-01-2013, 07:30 AM   #2
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How are the battery connections? Solid & tight?
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Unread 03-01-2013, 07:57 AM   #3
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Yep, check/clean/tighten your winch's electrical connections at the battery (make sure both connections attach directly to the battery). Then if that doesn't fix it, one of the solenoid connections might be loose.
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Unread 03-01-2013, 11:08 AM   #4
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The M8000 has another small ground wire for the solenoid pack, make sure it's connected and clean.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 07:02 PM   #5
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The brushes/armature for the motor may be rusted. I took mine apart a few years ago and was able to clean them and the armature up. Getting the brushes back together was tricky, but if I can do it anyone can.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 07:49 PM   #6
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So, I finally got the time to install my Warn M8000. It worked a year or so ago, but sat outside on my friends xj since then. He just gave it back to me and now it doesn't work so well.

Second, where is the best place to order replacement parts for Warn winches?
Sounds like your friend has a Warn winch to repair...if he is a true friend.

I would not even think about returning an item I borrowed from a friend in worse condition than I got it. But, that's a whole other topic.

Warn is the best place to buy replacement parts. Their customer service is great.
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Sounds like your friend has a Warn winch to repair...if he is a true friend.

I would not even think about returning an item I borrowed from a friend in worse condition than I got it. But, that's a whole other topic.

Warn is the best place to buy used parts. Their customer service is great.
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Unread 03-04-2013, 03:22 PM   #8
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I hear ya. I really can't hold him too responsible as I sold him the rig that had the winch on it. He was supposed to bring me the winch when he had a chance to take it off, as the winch was not part of the deal. As I had no need for the winch, I told him to take his time. Unfortunately, having it sit outside, unused for over a year, caused the issue. He offered to take a look at it, so eventually, it will, hopefully, be working again.

It has to be one of the solenoids.
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