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Old 02-20-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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My Warn M8000 is completely dead. I've checked all of the connections, it's getting voltage but the solenoids don't click when I push either in or out on the remote. Anyone know if there is a way to check the switch on the remote or should I check anything else less obvious?

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Old 02-20-2011, 02:41 PM   #2
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The newer remotes are 5-wire which means not only do they provide a connection to the in/out solenoids, the remote's in/out switch also must provide the missing (by design, it's there for safety reasons) ground connection for the control side of the solenoids. If you know anything about electrical circuits, you can always remove the solenoid cover and find the control (lighter gauge wiring) side of the solenoids that is the ground side and temporarily provide an external ground for them and then try the remote switch to see if it works. If it works, the remote's ground circuit isn't working which means it may be nothing more than a bad remote control. Have you tried a different remote? Can you borrow one from a buddy to test it out?

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Old 02-20-2011, 03:28 PM   #3
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I tried a wire from the frame to the ground side of each solenoid (brown wires) and still nothing. Unfortunately I don't have any access to another remote. I may keep the temp. ground wire on and directly apply 12 volts to the solenoid with a jumper cable.
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