Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Maple Ridge, BC
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There's 4 relays in a typical winch control pack. If one of the four is blown, you will hear a click in one direction, but it should work in the other. if two are blown, there's a 50% chance that it will still work in one direction.
I agree with the previous posters that if the ground wire is still partially intact, the winch should have worked. If you tested the relay pack, and found it was still good, the next thing to check is the motor.
I rebuilt a 'broken' Warn M8000 last year, and it turned out that one of the field coil ends had broken loose from the power stud. If the motor was shaken, or heated, the crack would widen enough that power couldn't get through, and it was 'dead'. I resoldered the joint, dressed the armature for good measure, and it was back in business. If that's too much for you to take on, try to find a local starter rebuilder. If you disassemble the winch for them, and bring in the motor only, they will be able to refurb it for you cheap (like $50 or so.) But make sure the relay pack works first, because one relay can cost more than the motor refurb.