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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 03:10 PM Thread Starter
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Winch Trouble

I have a 2010 Sportsman 500 HO with Polaris winch.
Used mainly for plowing.
Big snow time now and wouldn't you know it when plowing today winch was working fine then stopped both in and out. Will free spool.
When I hit the In or out button I get a loud click but no spool action.
Called the dealer and he said probably frozen box where wires go into, and to let it thaw out. Checked the box under the right front inside the tire, no moisture, etc., Sounds like a solenoid clicking, but loud. All wires to box tight.
He did say that lots of in and out action on these like plowing will make them go bad. I don't have a way to get it to the dealer without renting a trailer. Anyone have any experience with this? Help sure will be appreciated.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 03:21 PM
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You may have smoked the motor, but I am guessing it's the contactor. How many clicks when you hit the button? Just one or multiple?

Quick way to diagnose is to disconnect the power cables from the winch terminals. Then, using something like jumper cables, hook them to a good battery and then touch the terminals with the cables. It will spark a bit, but just for a moment; don't worry. If the winch turns, it's not the motor and your problem is downstream. If winch does nothing, the motor is toast. I've changed one out before on a Viper Elite. It was an easy job. Not sure on the Polaris/Warn.

If the motor is fine, then check wiring and the contactor. This is a part than can fail and is easily swapped out and not that much money, generally. This is a fast way to figure out where the problem is.



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^ perfect diagnosis

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-11-2017, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Thank You for your input, will try this tomorrow,
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Currently having the same issue myself...... Winch (Contactor) goes Clicky, clicky and no spool action. Brought it inside to thaw out, and we'll see what happens tonight!

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Mods: SuperWinch 3000 Winch - MotoAlliance Line Stopper - Glacier3 60" Plow - Polaris Rack Extenders - Polaris Bumpers - LowPro Shield - Polaris Hand Guards - Warning Debadge - 3Way Head Light (Relay) - Cabelas Mirrors - Wes Ind. Std Seat/Box - Kolpin Fuel Pack Jr - 26" Kenda BearClaw HTR Tires - HighLifter HD Springs - MotoAlliance Sirius 6" Pro LED Light Bar

2005 SPORTSMAN 400 (SONIC BLUE)
Mods: Warn 2500 Winch - MotoAlliance Line Stopper - Polaris Mid Shield - Wes Ind. Seat/Box - Shift Interlock Delete - Coleman Mirrors - Polaris Bumpers - 25" Kenda K590 Tires - PVC Spring Spacers

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Mods: HarborFreight Badland 3500 Winch - MotoAlliance Winch Mount - MotoAlliance Line Stopper - Polaris Sport Roof - 1/2 Windshield - Warning Debadge - Rear View Mirror - Seat Adjuster - 26" Maxxis Tires - MotoAlliance Sirius 10" Pro LED Light Bar
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Worked on it for quite a while today, anyway, took wires off winch motor and energized direct from a 12 volt battery--nothing either way, no in/out, appears to me to be a fried winch motor. This winch has gotten a lot of use plowing. I only got on e click when using the in/out buttons, like the controller was working but motor not. Awfully cold and snowy here, can't afford to be without, so have to take it to dealer and have a new winch installed after it thaws out. Thanks everyone for the replies.
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Sorry to hear that.... hoping mine isn't the winch. If it is, I think I'll install the "Superwinch Terra 35" I've been eyeing up.

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2012 SPORTSMAN 800 EFI (INDY RED) Sept. 2015 ATV Of The Month
Mods: SuperWinch 3000 Winch - MotoAlliance Line Stopper - Glacier3 60" Plow - Polaris Rack Extenders - Polaris Bumpers - LowPro Shield - Polaris Hand Guards - Warning Debadge - 3Way Head Light (Relay) - Cabelas Mirrors - Wes Ind. Std Seat/Box - Kolpin Fuel Pack Jr - 26" Kenda BearClaw HTR Tires - HighLifter HD Springs - MotoAlliance Sirius 6" Pro LED Light Bar

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Mods: Warn 2500 Winch - MotoAlliance Line Stopper - Polaris Mid Shield - Wes Ind. Seat/Box - Shift Interlock Delete - Coleman Mirrors - Polaris Bumpers - 25" Kenda K590 Tires - PVC Spring Spacers

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