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Never heard of it...... why would this need to be done, other than to assure it works?
 

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There is no break in to an electrical motor. It works or doesn't

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Roll it out and then rewind it with a couple hundred pounds of resistance to properly seat the new cable or rope. That's what I've always heard.
 

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I thought you are supposed to do this with synthetic rope/cable only, I didn't do it when I had my 700.
 

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First I've heard of that. Where did this come from? Seems like there would be info that comes with the winch if this was real???
 

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Any thing that has a brushed electric motor has a breakin period when the brushes wear into the commutator. I let what ever it is run no load for at least a few minutes and make sure to blow the brushes out if possible. For the winch i cycled it in and out a few times, to much of a pain to tear it apart so i didnt blow it out.
 

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Have always ran it out and in a few times, but mainly to seat the cable or synthetic rope.
 

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It was in the instructions that came with my Warn winch.
Roll it out and then roll it back in under tension while having someone hand feed.
I Googled 'breaking in warn winch' and a couple sites suggested soaking it in diesel fuel prior to doing this. Something about helping the strands stretch properly. I also read that it helps to flatten the winch cable so it is not curled when rolled out.

Like I said, this was a new one to me.
 

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For a "break in" I guess all I did was pull the line all the way out, and put some White lithium on it to help keep water from rusting the cable. sprayed the cable as I reeled it back in.
 

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Interesting. Learn something new every day. I WILL NOT soak my line in diesel fuel however!
 

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^ me neither. I though white lith was a decent choice, repels water and sure as hell does smell like diesel does!
 

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Having some basic knowledge of metallurgy, I can't imagine how soaking cold metal in Diesel fuel would do anything but get it wet with Diesel fuel...

The cables are galvanized. No point it putting a "protectant" on them. that just makes them slippery when handling.

Just like Synthetic rope, cables need to be replaced every couple of years if they are used often. fraying, stretching, nicks, and kinks all allow for rust to get into the cables and weaken them.
 

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Now going back in time when a starter was in op we did not buy a new one but repaired the one with the problem with new bushings and brushes.
I did this [break in] with my Super winch 3000 LT. Simply set the spool to freewheel and have at it. Motor will spin in either direction in or out. When done simply reengage the spool.
On starters we used cables to let the starter run a few seconds at a time allowing the brushes to "set in" onto the armature. Hope this helps, Ken
 

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Seating the cable or rope under some tension is a good idea. I also spray my cable with some lube on spool about 1 or 2 times a month just to keep everything moving well and to cut down on corrosion. I typically change my wire annually for about $15-20 at Lowes. They look at me funny when I use their swag tool and build my cable in isle 17....lol
 

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IMHO.......nonsense.

Why not just count the first time you use it as the "break in".
 
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