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Old 01-27-2020, 09:12 AM
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Winch help

I just unspooled some cable to see if my winch on my jeep worked. NOPE. I have no idea about these things, as my last jeep didn’t have one. I tried with jeep on/off/running. I don’t see any auxiliary switches inside. I connect the remote and nothing. Is the definite on/off on these things? I tried the spool release handle in every position.

Is there maybe an auxiliary switch I don’t know about?

It’s a Badland Winch, no idea on size etc

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Old 01-27-2020, 09:22 AM   #2
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Hi. I assume you got the Jeep with the winch on there?


I don't see it mentioned in the post so I'll ask, are you sure that both the positive and negative leads are connected to the battery terminals?

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Hi. I assume you got the Jeep with the winch on there?


I don't see it mentioned in the post so I'll ask, are you sure that both the positive and negative leads are connected to the battery terminals?
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Yes, both are connected. It came with the jeep. I feel like a complete idiot. Tried with lights on, searched glove box, column, floor, A-Beam. Pretty much anywhere I thought a switch may be installed. I may head to my 4-Wheel Parts store and have them look under the guise that if it’s just shot, I may be buying a new one.

I have no idea why there are 4-cables to connect the thing, and i. the summer I may attempt to tackle the job, but push comes to shove I may be paying for a winch install on top of a locker
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Judging from the looks of it, it's been on there a long time. My guess is that you have an issue inside the solenoid box. It probably got water in it and corroded thru and you have a wire or 2 corroded thru.

I have a Badlands winch and can help you figure out the wiring if my thoughts are correct.

The 4 cables are Ground, power in, winch in and winch out. There is also a small ground wire on the side. I have had that corrode off on the inside of the box and I have had a wire corrode off the remote connector.
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Well. I just decided to scrap it and buy a new winch. I have to take it back in for install. I just want to make sure it’s ready for use this weekend and don’t trust myself to get it done.
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Don't let them wire your next one through the grill slots.
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Don't let them wire your next one through the grill slots.
I’d even consider having them use a quick-disconnect wiring kit. I installed my winch a couple weeks again and hardwired it. In retrospect, any winch or bumper/grill maintenance is going to be very difficult.
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Don't let them wire your next one through the grill slots.
Why?
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Why?
The wires will fit under it just fine so why run through it? Plus it looks cleaner. Do you want to disconnect winch wires if you need to remove the grill.
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I felt pretty silly agreeing to have them do the install when I could do it myself, but then again, there was a guy waiting there while they removed his LED light from his front windshield brackets....... 5 minute job with a socket......
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The wires will fit under it just fine so why run through it? Plus it looks cleaner. Do you want to disconnect winch wires if you need to remove the grill.
When I first wired my winch, I foolishly ran the wires through the grill. Of course, somewhat later I needed to remove the grill and couldn't.

Now my wires go under the grill and so does any other wire that might need to get to the front bumper. You will thank us later for this advice.
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Ssinga and Cranbiz,
Makes sense. When someone says, "You have to do.....", I like to understand their logic. Now, I need to go rerun my wires.
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