How to Service Your 4×4 Winch
After you’ve been using your 4×4 recovery winch from Superpower Winch for a few months, you’ll want to start a maintenance routine to ensure that it always remains in optimum working order. Scrimping on the servicing of your 4×4 recovery winch can result in some sticky situations out in the wilderness – after all, with a recovery winch, you’re supposed to be prepared to recover people, not get stuck yourself!
Here at Superpower Winch, we understand how important it is to have a reliable winch, so we’ve compiled a quick guide on how to service your electric winch yourself.
Things You’ll Need:
- Contact cleaner
- An old toothbrush
- Two sets of jump leads
Step One: Extraction
To ensure that you know where to reattach the motor body and end plate, indent the cap where it lines up with the motor. Then remove the bolts that run the length of the motor – of which there should be two – twist the motor to release the catch and slowly pull away with a bit of firm force.
Step Two: Inspection
Inspect for any water damage or corrosion that may have occurred, as it’s vital to nip this in the bud before it ruins the internal quality of the winch. If you do find any present, be sure to take the motor to an auto electrician or perform a DIY repair if you have experience in the field.
From here, inspect the copper connections to the terminals and the bearings, as the soldering can wear away with time, which would result in overall failure of the winch due to poor contact. The bearings can be easily inspected and replaced if necessary, with replacement bearings cheaply sourced.
Step Three: Spring Clean
Sandpaper the commutator (the surface that the brushes run against), ensuring a clean and smooth surface for good contact. Clean out the grooves in the commutator with a screwdriver to promote this.
Step Four: Freshly Grease
Everything needs to be running smoothly with your winch, so whilst you’ve got the insides exposed, take a rag and grease up the copper area – making you avoid the chrome finish lest it ruins the design.
Step Five: Reassemble
There are many other steps that could be taken in your 4×4 recovery winch servicing, that require different superwinch parts, but we’d recommend having a specialist taking a look for anything more in-depth than the above – repairs are costly!
To reassemble, simply slide the drum back into its original place in the gearbox end-plate. There should be a smear of fresh grease applied before re-hinging, then attach where the original indents were placed.
Looking for more information on how to service your 4×4 recovery winch? Contact us here today at Super Power Winch, where we can offer you advice and guidance on the correct winch parts for your particular situation.
Our team are always on hand to answer any queries you may have and offer competitive quotes.