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Old 02-15-2010, 03:01 AM   #1
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that feeling after pulling a v8 truck out/ winch help

Just pulled out a chevy 1500 out of about 2 feet of snow with the winch, Got him out but my winch was acting up. It was sparking from the ground on the negative terminal on the bottom of my XRC 8 smitty bilt winch. So i threw the cable inside, got home and it realed up just fine. It's snowing here in minnesota so I imagine there is water sitting in my connection, its just a bolt with the circular connections that the bolt runs through which screws into my winch. The rubber cap had worked its way off the connection, is there any kind of terminal stuff that is pretty good for that use? Would a ground shorting out like that hurt my winch motor?

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Old 02-15-2010, 04:22 AM   #2
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Put some dialectric grease on your terminals. I have to do this on my boat all the time. You should be able to find it at any auto parts store.

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That short will cause a low voltage to the motor, which alone probably wouldn't hurt anything, but it's not good for it either. That grease idea should get you fixed.
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Old 02-15-2010, 08:55 AM   #4
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i pulled an empty oil tanker our of this ditch, not a 18 wheeler just a 6 wheeler a big one. anyways passenger tire slid off into this pretty big ditch and hooked some chains up to it pulled it right out. made a little money too :)
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I've made around 300 over the course of this winter, pretty much paid off my cheap smittybilt winch, ready for an american made one
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be faithful to that smitty built! it made you that $300, besides it'll probably last forever if you take care of it.
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Old 02-15-2010, 03:26 PM   #7
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Is your winch's black negative power cable connected directly to the battery or to the frame?

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