Powerwinch windlass not working.
Of course, first check the voltage at the connections to the windlass. Have someone operate the switch while you measure with a volt meter. If no voltage check breakers, or fuses. Heavy current devices like a windlass will often require fuses near where they connect to battery power.
A windlass requires a LOT of current to run. Not just voltage. Trace the wires from the battery connection all the way to the windlass. If possible, loosen any connections (ex; a lug with a nut or bolt) and clean with a wire brush then reconnect. Be sure to disconnect the battery while cleaning. Many times wires will corrode past the insulation. Especially if they were not tinned wire to begin with (tinned wire has a silver shine, regular copper has a copper color and typically turns dark or even black when corroded).
Since a windlass requires a lot of current, often there may be a relay near the windlass that might go bad. Listen to see if this is activating while someone operates the switch.
on May 15, 2017
My powerwinch brake won't release
you have to conscious of the fact that when dealing with water and equipment running in water there will be a distinct possibility of rusted bits. Winches have a brake system to hold the line in place when stopped so at a guess I would say that the release mechanism is rusted and not working properly. Try spraying in some wd-40 or crc tp see it that helps.
on Aug 07, 2013
I hve 2 PW812's
for all the available Guides and Parts lists. (under " Technical Documents" )
For whatever reason they have a 712, and a 912 listed... not a 812.
You may be able to contact the manufacturer directly to obtain the information on the 812 (unless your question was a Typo - in which case the information is at the link above)CONTACT POWERWINCH HERE
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on Sep 02, 2009
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