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Old 01-20-2012, 02:00 PM
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winch problem....

ok so i was out plowing today and the plow wouldant lift but it would still drop the plow just not life so i checked all my connections and i found one that was loose ,so i tightin it and thought it fixed it but now it wont drop checked all the connections again and they are all tight any help..oh and my dealer said it was the switch he told me to unplugg it and bring it inside but i cant figure out how to unplugg it it looks sealed..
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Old 01-20-2012, 02:16 PM
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So it won't lift or drop now? Do you hear the contactor click?

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Old 01-20-2012, 02:19 PM
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well it will do one or the other eather it will lift and wont drop or it will drop it wont lift and when i hite the switch nothing no clicking nothing..
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Old 01-20-2012, 04:36 PM
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Battery failure? Mine started doing that last night. After the winch stopped, it kept me from revving above 18-2000 RPM. Couldn't move. Shut it off, let it sit. Turn back on and get check engine light code= voltage too low.

Let it idle with no lights for half hour and was able to get it in my truck. I thank Polaris for the warning before it was totally dead, but the lights were still nice and bright.

I think what ultimately killed it was the cold. The battery was 4 years old. Got new one today at Batteries Plus today for $114. Not cheap, but it has a 2 year warranty.

If you think about it, all those lights (I have two auxiliary reverse), constantly using the winch (for hours in my case), and the cold will kill a battery.

Sorry for my rant, I was fired up last night when this went down, still am. Winter income was the justification for buying the tool, toy. Happy it was only the battery. Seemed like much worse.


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Old 01-20-2012, 04:55 PM
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well if its the battery then i am gunna be upset caue i just put one in the machine when i bought it this past summer .....................oh if any one was woundering its a 05 sportsman 800
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Old 01-20-2012, 07:12 PM
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Put it on a maintainer every time you bring it home and you may not have a problem.


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Old 01-20-2012, 08:02 PM
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If you are not hearing the "click" from the contactor then it is most likely the handlebar switch or the contactor. Could even be the wiring between the switch and contactor. Even if the battery was low on voltage it would still pull in the contactor, doesn't take much to pull it in.
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Old 01-20-2012, 08:20 PM
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It is hard to trouble shoot which part is broke if there is no consistency in the problem. It is usually the contractor or switch though. The switch on your handle bar usually has two screws to take the housing apart, then you can make sure it is clean. The contractors going bad are very common as well. I keep am extra, $30 on ebay.

If you can get the problem consistent, do a search on the forum. There is a thread I posted in that will tell you how to switch wires and test it.

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Old 01-21-2012, 05:53 AM
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ya i see that post and was gunna try it today when i found the time but also to throw another wrench in this there were time that it didnt drop the plow untill i had it in gear and started to move forword not quite sure what that means..eather
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Old 01-21-2012, 08:01 AM
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but if it is the battery does it mean i just have to plow in the daylight and not run my lights...cause its gunna take me awile to plow if i have to stop every hour and let it charge..
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