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2005/10/23 17:00:59 (permalink)

Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u do?

Hey guys. My warn winch died a few weeks ago. I e-mailed warn but haven't gotten a reply. I'm wondering who has had a warn winch (or any make so i can tell warn) break down or die, and what did you do about it? did the company help you out at all??????? i will try calling them tomorrow, but i need to rush home to get the call out in their business hours. snow is coming soon and i need that winch more than anything.
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    golfnlilj
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u do? 2005/10/23 17:52:10 (permalink)
    mine went out and i bought a new one and put it on. i didnt call warn cause it probably want do any good unless it is fairly new
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    x2468
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/24 00:15:10 (permalink)
    oh yeah, i just got the thing with my bike in december. i installed it in march i think because thats when the melted snow made for watery conditions. so i've only been using it for 6 months.
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/24 00:45:03 (permalink)
    Mine died after one use, umm backed out bolts, wouldnt freespool,something in bind burnt motor but worked sometimes...uhhh I dont know thats why I paid them to build it..well they dont do a very good job and they didnt want to replace it either. This thing was 1 month old...for what its worth I WILL NEVER BUY A WARN AGAIN!
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/24 09:10:21 (permalink)
    My contractor switch just went bad. I e-mailed them and they said to send a copy of my receipt and if it under 1 year old I'd get a replacement sent free. Mines 13 months old.
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/24 09:30:04 (permalink)
    anytime i had a problem with the winch warn has been good to me, the winches are meant to be rwbiult, motors, gears, contactors, brushes, soundslike you need to get a hold of them on email.
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    gotmuddy
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/24 10:38:30 (permalink)
    I have owned three warns(2.0ci, 3.0ci, 4.0ci) and havent had trouble out of any of them.
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/24 12:31:49 (permalink)
    I have had to have mine rebuilt twice now. And its only 8 months old. Call the 800 number for WARN and find out where to send it to have the warranty work done.
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/24 12:40:33 (permalink)
    The kawi dealer here gave me the contact info for a Warn repair rep. When I called them they said to box it up and ship it with my phone # and bill of sale for the BF. They fixed it and returned it with a new motor. Only thing I paid for was the initial shipping. Warn Repair # was 1-800-647-8142.
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    x2468
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/24 19:48:40 (permalink)
    cool. yeah i emailed there service guy today. we'll see how thigs go. i hope its more like the post towards the tail end of this thread
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/25 11:19:49 (permalink)
    Mine crapped out on my last year. Took it off and never replaced it. Now I carry a tow strap, and life is much easier.
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/25 11:58:59 (permalink)
    my WARN A2000 died on me once so i removed the solenoid for the winch...all that solenoid does is limits the winch from working when the ignition key isn't on.....now i can use my winch with my key out of the Grizz....

    also i tear my winch apart once a year and repack it with grease and clean it out really well....
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/25 12:08:49 (permalink)
    mine died and i threw the thing on a shelf in the garage.
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/25 13:09:36 (permalink)
    polaris 852, how much do you want for it??
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/25 13:48:09 (permalink)
    it aint there anymore. we threw it out. why? are they fixable?
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/25 14:07:53 (permalink)
    after the second warn 2500 I threw it in the trash and went and bought a mie marker never go back to warn again
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/25 15:19:27 (permalink)
    Quote:

    it aint there anymore. we threw it out. why? are they fixable?




    yes and most of the time they are cheap and easy to fix
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/26 10:15:24 (permalink)
    thats why I wanted it, haha. I got a freebie winch that had a burnt motor(well brushes and bushings), and got a $10 winch with a stripped housing. Voila, $10 working winch. I ended up selling it for $150 but I wish I had kept it...
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/26 10:23:15 (permalink)
    Someone mentioned removing the solenoid and having it work all the time. Does this work on a 2.5? I have a 2.5 and the contactor switch is going bad or something. The "Out" button works, but it won't "reel" in. I think I'm gonna just reverse the wires, so the "out" button will cause it to reel in; I always freespool out anyway. What do you guys think?
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/26 10:45:04 (permalink)
    Quote:

    mine died and i threw the thing on a shelf in the garage.



    Me too. Mine has sat there for about 10 months just collecting dust. I might tear it apart tonight just to see if I can fix it.
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/26 13:22:59 (permalink)
    KSims, wanna sell it??
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/27 12:00:18 (permalink)
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    Does this work on a 2.5?




    yes it will work on the 2.5....any winch with a contactor solenoid will work.....
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/27 12:18:06 (permalink)
    My A2000 was hooked up without a solenoid. If I were gonna do it again I would hook it up with a high amp switch in case the rotary switch got stuck open or something.
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/27 13:32:12 (permalink)
    I can't just throw mine away because i need it to plow, and i ride alone 90% of the time so a toe strap won't do anything. the other 10% of the time i'm riding with sport quads, and they need unstucking and they can't tow me out.
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/27 13:38:09 (permalink)
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    My A2000 was hooked up without a solenoid. If I were gonna do it again I would hook it up with a high amp switch in case the rotary switch got stuck open or something.




    i am running my A2000 without the solenoid also and i've also thought about running a high amp switch because i've got the old rotary switch and it gets stuck sometimes....i've been looking at replacing the rotary switch with another one from somewhere but i'm unsure of what i can use....any thoughts?
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/27 23:10:23 (permalink)
    I see theres some confusion over the two styles of solenoid and what tasks they perform and hopefully my comments wont add further to the mix up .

    First off the older A2000 winch body and the newer 2.5 are basically the same actual winch so thats not an item that enters into the equation since ether winch can be run with the old turn dial system or the newer contactor pack system .

    Now the older style electrical system included a mechanical turn dial switch that is manually turned to electrically spool out , or pull in cable and the solenoid that was included in that system was only meant as a means of disconnecting the positive battery cable between the battery and the mechanical turn dial switch out of safety reasons so if the key was off , there would be no accidental actuation of the winch due to turning of the dial switch by curious children , or if the dial stuck then the key could be turned off and that would halt the winch progress . Definately with this setup the solenoid could be bypassed and the system would work fine but did delete the safety feature in the process.

    The newer system does away with the mechanical turn dial switch and replaces that with a solenoid pack or " contactor " as Warn calls it which serves the same purpose in a purely electrical form and is controled by the small rocker switch mounted on the handlebar . That same contactor also serves the same purpose as the older solenoid in the sense of it cutting the power to actuate itself when the small red wire from the rocker switch is wired into a source of power thats only on when the key is on . In this system theres no way to "elmimate" a solenoid as the contactor setup is the heart of the electrical switching process for the winch to function at all ... just as the turn dial switch was to the old system .

    Hopefully that sheds a little light on the two electical systems . Ostie 82 , I don't see why it would not work to switch the cables around to wind in the winch cable as you actuate the "out" side of your rocker switch but I wonder if your able to get true dynamic braking as of now since your contactor is not fuctioning as it should . I can only speculate that ether your contactor is faulty or theres a problem with the rocker switch / and or wiring which has become loose at a connection so I would be checking all of my connections if I was you to first make sure thats not the reason behind your function issues .

    By the way , Warn does sell the wiring kits that would upgrade the old style turn dial switch to the contactor system and in so doing they then consider the older A2000 to be rated for the same pulling ablity as the 2.5 since in theory theres less voltage drop due to larger wiring and better contacts within the solenoid pack / Contactor . Personally I wouldn't bother to buy a new switching setup until the old winch dies and is debatable if its worth fixing .... then just buy a whole new winch kit to start fresh .
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/28 08:55:34 (permalink)
    Thanks ABfarmer. You answered my question perfectly. I was wondering if I could do it b/c I knew that the solenoid on the A2000 was different than that on the 2.5. I've already checked the connections, but I'll check them again. If that doesn't fix it, I'll go ahead and reverse the wires and be done with it. Thanks again, ABfarmer!
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    Re: Has your Warn winch ever died? What did u 2005/10/28 19:46:17 (permalink)
    The main reason I went with the 3.0ci is because it is sealed better than the 2.5/A2000 and the internal parts have a lifetime warranty. However, this is the second 3.0 I have owned and I haven't had any problems with either one of them.
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