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post #1 of 6 Old 08-02-2020, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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Steel Cable Stuck Deep in Winch

See attached pics. Trying to unspool to put on a synthetic line so I don't care about this cable too much, obviously i'd like to keep it in one piece, but willing to snip it if necessary.

Suggestions on how to fix without cutting it?

Full disclosure, this happened because my XJ was door deep in a pine bog about 2 hours walk to civilization and my best friend had literally just stabbed himself in the forearm with a serrated pocket knife edge after cutting some zip ties that held the remote control for the winch, so I was really not paying attention to anything other than getting unstuck and heading to a hospital. It was the kind of cut where it is so deep and big the blood comes out dark, not bright red.

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post #2 of 6 Old 08-02-2020, 02:59 PM
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put winch in free spool, attach cable to immovable object and put jeep in reverse?

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happened because it was not spooled up correctly, under tension. This can happen even with rope. Loose spooling leads to a rats nest and kinked cable.

What 4 said about the only way is to use the weight of the jeep to pull it out or call the Hulk?

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What they all said above. Put winch in free wheel, attach end to something solid and back up. It will come loose.

Then winch the cable back in under slight tension to spool it properly. Just inspect the cable first. If it has breaks in the strands, replace the cable.

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What they all said above. Put winch in free wheel, attach end to something solid and back up. It will come loose.

Then winch the cable back in under slight tension to spool it properly. Just inspect the cable first. If it has breaks in the strands, replace the cable.
Cool. Replacing it with a synth rope so no need to inspect.
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-09-2020, 11:49 AM
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Declare where the spectators should not stand —never behind or in front of the vehicle and never near the wire rope or snatch block. Your situation may have other “no people” zones. Avoid overheating the winch motor.
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