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Old April 27th, 2010, 04:19 PM
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Help Diagnosing a winch problem...

So among the carnage that occured over the weekend was the apparent death of my winch... the motor seems to still work as it will run in reverse (letting line out) but just gives an audible "click" and then nothing when I try to get it to pull line...

This is (was?) a Superwinch x9 - does anyone have a clue what I might check before I designate this as a really heavy paperweight? I hate to have to just replace it (especially given everything else I broke and will need to be replacing)
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Old April 27th, 2010, 04:47 PM
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I am sure it's repairable. Certainly far less than to replace it even if you used a dealer.

Maybe a solenoid is bad? OR do you hear the motor trying to work but can't move?

I'm not sure what that has for solenoids, but if it has two, you could try swapping them as a test. If it no longer sppols out but will spool in then you just need a solenoid.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 05:00 PM
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Hot wire it with jumper cables and see if it engages pulling in. If so, bad solinoid. If not, you have to consider the motor or gears as having a possible issue.
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I have a X9 Superwinch with the same issue but in the opposite direction. It's one of the Solenoids that needs to be replaced. A $25 part. Mine will pull in just fine but won't let out, I have to pull it by hand. Download the manual here: http://www.superwinch.com/UserFiles/File/90_17371.pdf The solenoids are on page 19. The part number for the solenoid is SPW-2237 and you can order it here: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SPW-2237 I have mine, just haven't installed it yet.
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I have a X9 Superwinch with the same issue but in the opposite direction. It's one of the Solenoids that needs to be replaced. A $25 part. Mine will pull in just fine but won't let out, I have to pull it by hand. Download the manual here: http://www.superwinch.com/UserFiles/File/90_17371.pdf The solenoids are on page 19. The part number for the solenoid is SPW-2237 and you can order it here: http://www.summitracing.com/parts/SPW-2237 I have mine, just haven't installed it yet.
excellent... thank you

I may try to switch them first to make sure that's the problem... of course it would have been nice if the OTHER one had blown and I could have still pulled...
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If you want to be able to trust it a bit more replace the solenoids with some of the solid state switches available like the Albright units or a newer Superwinch control box which I believe use solid state sealed units.
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I had a same problem with mine. The solenoid wasn't bad. The contacts were corroded and were not making good contact. A wire brush and dielectric grase got it going again.
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Change to an Albright if you are spending money...

http://www.expeditionexchange.com/ca...cat=300&page=1
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