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hey guys,

I know, I know..I cheaped out on the winch, but I hardly have to use this thing. Well anyway, went to test it out today and the lever is stuck in respool! can't get it down to engage. I tried PB, didnt help right away but it did budge enough that it almost engages but it only does it for a sec. I have a lifetime warranty on it, but I am going wheeling tomorrow and wanted to see what you guys have done to get the damn lever to move! thanks.

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Rotate the drum slowly while pushing the lever towards the engage position (don't force it), wiggle the drum a bit forth and back when you feel the lever starting to engage and it should easily go into the engaged position.
 

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Rotate the drum slowly while pushing the lever towards the engage position (don't force it), wiggle the drum a bit forth and back when you feel the lever starting to engage and it should easily go into the engaged position.
Sounds like great advice, I kind of tried that but the power of the winch was causing the plastic ring around that side of the winch to break apart! I will try again a little later. It is stuck in free spool...

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I meant rotating the drum by hand and not while powering it with the motor
 

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How did you do it by hand?

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Pull on the rope ;)
 

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I can't even move the line while its free spool. So I can't do it by hand

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I can't even move the line while its free spool. So I can't do it by hand

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then its not in free spool?
Haha free spool is when you can grab it and pull it out to attach it.....
 

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then its not in free spool?
Haha free spool is when you can grab it and pull it out to attach it.....
Thanks for the help buddy, didnt know what free spool was...

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Ah so you're trying to switch it to free spool.
Is there tension on the rope? If Yes reverse the motor until the tension is relieved then try again to switch to free spool.
 

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Well I'm not trying to be a dick...
I'm just lost....

Is it stuck in free spool? Or will it only re-spool?
 

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Well I'm not trying to be a dick...
I'm just lost....

Is it stuck in free spool? Or will it only re-spool?
agree, take a picture, it could be a couple things. Maybe its coiled over it self and ya just need to give it a good pull. If you are sure its in free spool, hook it up to a friends truck and have him back up slowly. Make sure you are in neutral and with the ebreak on.
 

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I bought that winch in the past and had the same issues, it was replaced under warranty 3 times!!!! They finally let me pay the difference and I got a Warn.
 

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That happened to my xrc8. They gave me a new clutch handle and cover under warranty. Were good to deal with and an easy fix. Just annoying to deal with but you get what u pay for. While mine was stuck in spool I would just use the remote and push out if I needed it. Better to have it stuck in spool than free

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That happened to my xrc8. They gave me a new clutch handle and cover under warranty. Were good to deal with and an easy fix. Just annoying to deal with but you get what u pay for. While mine was stuck in spool I would just use the remote and push out if I needed it. Better to have it stuck in spool than free

Hope u get everything worked out soon
Thanks, yeah I called them today and they sending me gear cover and new lever setup. Very helpful. Needed my winch a lot yesterday after I busted my rear driveshaft and it sucked not having it!

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My xrc8 is same way. Half the time the lever won't move. Even if I do get it to free spool it is a bitch to pull cable. I will say though it always works when I need it. About a month ago went wheeling with Chris from jeepaddons he had a mile marker winch I think. With synthetic line. I was amazed how easy it free spool'd. And pretty fast. Made me realize how cheap shittybuilt is. I won't buy another when this one quits.

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