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Warn Winch Service

Postby iandvl » 30 Mar 2015 11:20

I gathered my Warn winch needed a little TLC and a good service. Since I've got a service manual for the winch, it's a relatively straight-forward job and I enjoy getting my hands dirty, I have decided to do this myself.

I took the winch out a couple of weeks ago, and it has been lying in my garage waiting for me to have the time to look at it. I've also been digging around to find the various bits I need to service the thing. Apart from the winch, the control box and cables also need some TLC (solenoids were getting stuck, cables getting very hot and similar). The cables I can have manufactured to satisfactory specifications in Brits, but I had to source new solenoids. The service kit I can also get in Brits from the local Warn dealership. I've not enquired about price yet.

The warn.co.za web-site lists new 28396 solenoids as having a recommended selling price of R425 excluding VAT. Using my Internet-foo, I was able to find an online supplier at R328 (inclusive). I ordered 4 for for R1312 plus an extra R100 for shipping.

This is where things get funny: believe it or not, the online reseller is: shopping.all4women.co.za. Don't believe me ? Look at http://shopping.all4women.co.za/product ... B000CQFUIY. Also search for winches and similar - they've got a ton of items. I assume that this is because every woman needs a winch and other 4x4 accessories... :rolling: :rolling:

The prices of the solenoids posted on the link are R351.00 now as opposed to the R328 I paid. I assume this is due to changes in the USD-ZAR exchange rate.

There is a single disadvantage: They're a straight import organisation and the stuff gets imported from the USA as it is ordered. This means my order has taken about 20 working days to arrive. Happily, though, my wife has informed me that my solenoids were delivered this morning. :woo: :woo:

I've not seen the packaging yet but, considering where I bought these from, I am going to be uber-annoyed if the winch solenoids did not arrive in a pink box with a ribbon around it...

I will be getting the service kit and having the cables made up over the course of the week. The actual process of rebuilding the control box and servicing my winch will start this weekend. I shall post pictures.
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Re: Warn Winch Service

Postby Tinus lotz » 30 Mar 2015 12:09

Cool man ....upgrade the cables to min 50mm2 ask chris what a difference it makes :thumbup:
I have all the correct crimping tools if you need a hand :thumbup:
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Re: Warn Winch Service

Postby Chris Skinner » 30 Mar 2015 17:29

If you open that winch be very careful not to dismantle the brake system that resides inside the drum - this unit is pretensioned by a spring and if you take it apart you will never get it together again - I had to take it to an expert to get it sorted... :mytwocents:
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Re: Warn Winch Service

Postby iandvl » 30 Mar 2015 18:36

Chris Skinner wrote:If you open that winch be very careful not to dismantle the brake system that resides inside the drum - this unit is pretensioned by a spring and if you take it apart you will never get it together again - I had to take it to an expert to get it sorted... :mytwocents:


Chris - thanks for the info. The manual I have has details about dealing with this. I think I will get it right. If not, I have a service centre here I can take it to. I am tempted to service all, so I am probably going to strip everything down. If I do battle with the brake, I guess I will have to get some expert advice. I think it is worth the effort trying though... Yes - I have been warned (no pun intended), but I need something to keep me sane in the little bit of time I jave between my work and my thesis. Mucking around with gear trains and electronics appeals to me at the moment... :)
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Re: Warn Winch Service

Postby Chris Skinner » 30 Mar 2015 21:50

If you do get it together again, the best way to check it is to hook the winch on something, engage the gear lever and then try pulling it by reversing in low range...
I screwed up a winch motor because brake was not working well and everytime I stopped winching, the boat started rolling back off the trailer, so could not let the amps build and motor cool off.
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winch/wench

Postby David » 31 Mar 2015 07:20

Dictionary definition of winch/wench

noun

a girl or young woman: now a derogatory or jocular term

Archaic
    [1] a country girl
    [2] a female servant
    [3] a sexually loose and immoral woman

No wonder you got it from All4Women but any one of the 3 can be nice :rolleyes: - Just not sure what your wife will say :lol:
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Re: Warn Winch Service

Postby iandvl » 31 Mar 2015 07:42

Chris Skinner wrote:If you do get it together again, the best way to check it is to hook the winch on something, engage the gear lever and then try pulling it by reversing in low range...
I screwed up a winch motor because brake was not working well and everytime I stopped winching, the boat started rolling back off the trailer, so could not let the amps build and motor cool off.


Chris,

Thanks - I appreciate the advice.

Just a note: I'm not disregarding your warning regarding the brake or taking it lightly. I just have an urge to sit and tinker with stuff at the moment. I seem to spend all my waking hours in front of a computer between work and thesis at the moment, and just have the urge to embark on some more mechanical distraction for a bit. :)

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Re: Warn Winch Service

Postby iandvl » 31 Mar 2015 07:43

David,

:rolling: :rolling: :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
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Re: Warn Winch Service

Postby Chris Skinner » 31 Mar 2015 07:55

iandvl wrote:
Chris Skinner wrote:If you do get it together again, the best way to check it is to hook the winch on something, engage the gear lever and then try pulling it by reversing in low range...
I screwed up a winch motor because brake was not working well and everytime I stopped winching, the boat started rolling back off the trailer, so could not let the amps build and motor cool off.


Chris,

Thanks - I appreciate the advice.

Just a note: I'm not disregarding your warning regarding the brake or taking it lightly. I just have an urge to sit and tinker with stuff at the moment. I seem to spend all my waking hours in front of a computer between work and thesis at the moment, and just have the urge to embark on some more mechanical distraction for a bit. :)

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No problem Ian - I have also service my winch annually and also did an upgrade on the motor - I like getting my hands dirty now and then too! :thumbup:
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Re: Warn Winch Service

Postby ricster » 31 Mar 2015 09:26

:rolling: :rolling: :rolling: David .... you're a legend my friend !!! :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:
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