I just purchased a smittybilt xrc8 winch. First off, it is freaking amazing!!!!! Now my problem.
Here's the background story. I ended up buying a new battery (optima red top) to compensate for the winch. I installed it CORRECTLY (winch and battery) using the instructions. Only thing I found weird was that The instructions told me to lead the negative wire, which I would have thought you grounded that to the frame, back to the battery? (maybe that's my problem, I don't know)
Okay so first day I had the winch, I used it (with the jeep running) and it was all peachy. The day after I used it, my car wouldn't start. I pushed the wires that connect to the terminal down and cleaned the starter relay fused, and it started.
I went mudding yesterday (nothing serious at all) and wasn't stuck but I wanted to use my winch, so I did. Well now this morning after church, my jeep wouldn't start?! I cleaned the fuse and checked the terminals and it started.
When I tried to start it again when I got home, it had enough power to almost turnover but it didn't.
Am I supposed to leave the winch engaged when i am not using it? I've been told yes by at least 5 other jeepers, but that's the only thing I can think that is causing it. I think that something is draining my battery.
Please help jeepers!! Thank you and sorry for the novel