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Old 01-02-2011, 04:13 PM   #1
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Please help!

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

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Old 01-02-2011, 05:53 PM   #2
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I would think you either have wired it wrong or you have a bad starter fuse holder which has a high resistance. More inclined to think it's miswired if its been ok before. The reason you go to the battery with the (-) negative is to decrease the resisrance.

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Old 01-02-2011, 06:01 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=jefferyfghezzi;960306]I would think you either have wired it wrong or you have a bad starter fuse holder which has a high resistance. More inclined to think it's miswired if its been ok before. The reason you go to the battery with the (-) negative is to decrease the resisrance. As a last resort you could put a switch on the positive or disconnect it to see if that solves your problem.
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:22 PM   #4
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I would think you either have wired it wrong or you have a bad starter fuse holder which has a high resistance. More inclined to think it's miswired if its been ok before. The reason you go to the battery with the (-) negative is to decrease the resisrance.
It is definitely wired correctly. Trust me. Easy as cake. Instructions are like "red to red and blue to blue". Not even a monkey could mess it up. I'll check my starter.
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Old 01-02-2011, 07:23 PM   #5
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Bad battery or draw in the winch ?
diconect the winch for a day see if starts .
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:40 PM   #6
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Bad battery or draw in the winch ?
diconect the winch for a day see if starts .
K I'll try that. When I am not using the winch, should I keep it engaged or in free spool?
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Old 01-02-2011, 08:45 PM   #7
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I keep engaged

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