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Old 03-06-2011, 07:55 PM   #1
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won't free spool

I have a smittybuilt xrc-8 that was on the jeep when I bought it haven't had to use it till this weekend. Can't get it to free spool but it will unwind an wind with the use of the controller. Any ideas
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Old 03-06-2011, 09:47 PM   #2
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does it have a lever on the side,my warn does,not sure aboubt smittybilt but you
would think all winches do, the lever there is to engage or disengage [ free spool ]
the winch, it should be marked on which way to go

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On our XRC10, there is just a lever on the top to engage it and put it in free spool. I'm sure he's moving that lever if he's asking the question.
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Yeah it has the lever but it wont move to free spool. I didn't know if maybe you pulled out the rotated the lever or just rotated it free spool. Just seems weird that it works fine just can't free spool.
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You rotate the lever to free spool and you should be able to pull the cable out freely.
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That's just it! Lever won't rotate to free spool stuck in the engaged position!
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Old 03-07-2011, 12:09 PM   #7
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Look up the users manual for that model and go from there. It might be something simple or you might have to dig into the unit.
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Old 03-07-2011, 01:43 PM   #8
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The issues I had were freespool and the cheap looking remote.

The freespool took another vehicle to drag it out. I dissasembled the planetary gear set (not bad) and cleaned and repacked with some good Lucas red bearing grease. I also replaced a small pin in the engage/disengage with the end of drill bit. Found this trick online. This fixed the freespool issue. Disengage and pull out by hand as expected.
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I actually have the same winch and same problem. I think we both got a lemon

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I actually have the same winch and same problem. I think we both got a lemon

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