Question about Lewmar Concept 1 Windlass 5/16" Gypsy With Switch Kit

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Hello, I have a lewmar Concept 1 windlass that worked fine for May/June, then on vacation in July it started cutting out. If I let it sit for a minute, it would start up again, only to quit again after pulling in 6 feet of chain. I undid all the electrical connections, clean and re-installed them. Didn't help. What do you recommend ?

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Check the brushes and if they are short just replace them.
This will solve the problem.
There is thermal cut out which will protect the winding if its hot and will stop windlass and after cooling down it can run again.

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