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Old 12-02-2007, 04:23 PM   #1
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Runs rough after mudding, winch dead

I was out mudding in a farm field with some friends today. My buddies chevy got way stuck, in the same place I didn't. As we were laughing at him my jeep started to shudder.....shimmy......and cough. I gunned it and took off to hook onto him to pull him out. As I was waiting to get hooked up it did it again and then died........It wouldn't restart,after a couple of minutes it kinda turned over and coughed and puked...then started and ran very rough, when I put it in gear it died. after about 10 min I finally got it to start and smooth out. after that it ran fine until i went and power washed it off. It did the same thing over again but not as long. Any ideas what or why??

Also my warn m8000 winch seems to have died after the very first pull on it. After I was able to get my jeep to keep running we hooked on to the chevy with my winch and I started to pull. It was so muddy that it was just pulling my jeep in to him. I stopped and we hooked another jeep to the ass end of mine to help anchor it. As I pushed the switch to real in the winch it did nothing but a quick click.....no in, no out......nada....I wasn't real happy, and now I have about 20ft of cable wrapped around my front bumper. Any ideas about either one of those problems??

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Obvious reason being that you got mud somewhere it shouldn't have been.

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Old 12-02-2007, 04:51 PM   #3
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Wet distributor cap. Carry a can of WD-40 with you to spray the inside of the cap when this happens.

As far as the winch, It sounds like a possible relay/switch problem or fuse somwhere. Hopefully someone with more experience on winches will chime in.
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:21 PM   #4
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Take the cover off where the solenoids (relays) are on the winch and rinse all the mud out, then chase all the water/moisture out with copious amounts of WD-40. WD-40 is a good thing for when things get wet, too bad it's not also the great lubricant WD-40 wants us to think it is too.
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:51 PM   #5
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Hope you didn't burn up the solenoids. It seems to happen quit often, when pulling Chevy's, out of the mud. The are lead sleds...........
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Wet distributor cap. Carry a can of WD-40 with you to spray the inside of the cap when this happens.

As far as the winch, It sounds like a possible relay/switch problem or fuse somwhere. Hopefully someone with more experience on winches will chime in.
X2 on the distridutor cap
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Wet distributor cap. Carry a can of WD-40 with you to spray the inside of the cap when this happens.
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X2 on the distridutor cap
+1. Been there done that.
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Old 12-03-2007, 01:34 AM   #8
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Are you running an Optima? Or a battery with side terminals? Dont hook your winch cables up to those side terminals if thats how you are running it. They arent rated to take such an amp draw and they will burn stuff out. Trust me, I found out the hard way. Sounds just like what happened in your case. Get some longer bolts for your main battery leads and bolt your winch cables on top. The top posts will do much better with the amount of power the winch neds to draw. If you are already running your cables o the top leads then Id say you probably burned up a selenoid under the winch control box as stated above.
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Old 12-03-2007, 06:21 PM   #9
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Ok, I took off the top and they all look the same.....Any ideas on how to tell which one is dead? At 20 bucks a pop, i'm hoping it's just one of them....

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