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post #1 of 25 Old August 14th, 2010, 06:52 PM Thread Starter
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Polaris winch problem

I have a 3500# winch from Polaris. While plowing this winter the controller would quit working occasionally just on the IN button. It has worked fine for a couple months and is now acting up again. Is there a way to find out if this is the controller or the selenoid?
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Had the same problem, it is with the contactor, the black box where the four large wires and the two small ones. I searched for winch contactors and found a close replacement by a company called (I think) KDS or some three letter company for about 27.00$. The only mod you will need to do is to change the connectors on the small wires. Works great,
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My Polarass 3500 lb winch failed the first time I REALLY needed it. Had to use the synthetic cable as a tow rope attached to another bike and it broke 7 times and even broke twice as it was doubled up. Not as strong as I had hoped. Dealer went good and checked it over. They replaced the line and discovered it was just a blown fuse. LOL. In defense of the blue synthetic rope we were getting a run on and snaping it tight to get me out of the bog.
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My Polarass 3500 lb winch failed the first time I REALLY needed it. Had to use the synthetic cable as a tow rope attached to another bike and it broke 7 times and even broke twice as it was doubled up. Not as strong as I had hoped. Dealer went good and checked it over. They replaced the line and discovered it was just a blown fuse. LOL. In defense of the blue synthetic rope we were getting a run on and snaping it tight to get me out of the bog.
lol! Well at least we know how tough these winches are now, no damage to it at all other than the line?

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My Polarass 3500 lb winch failed the first time I REALLY needed it. Had to use the synthetic cable as a tow rope attached to another bike and it broke 7 times and even broke twice as it was doubled up. Not as strong as I had hoped. Dealer went good and checked it over. They replaced the line and discovered it was just a blown fuse. LOL. In defense of the blue synthetic rope we were getting a run on and snaping it tight to get me out of the bog.
lol! Well at least we know how tough these winches are now, no damage to it at all other than the line?
Yep just the line. I guess I should find where the fuse goes and start carrying a couple extra with me. It's a new bike and winch so I would like to know why the fuse blew so quick. I used it once before to pull a friend out.

RzR winches are basicly ATV retrival devices. LOL
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There is actually two seperate circuits for a winch. One is the large power circuit that isn't fused that should be wired fom the battery and goes thru the contactor which determines which way and when the winch rotates.
The other one is the control circuit that is powered off the conector under the dash and is fused. this circuit takes the input from the in-out switch and tells the contactor what to do. What some peopls don't realize is with this wiring the key needs to be on tho power this control circuit. In the rush to use the winch some haver turned off the engine, released and connected the cable-rope then pushed the in switch only tohave nothing happening due to the key being off.
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Add me to the list. except my winch is a warn. I am also having an issue that occurred twice, where it stays in free stool. it will turn in an out but as soon as you pull tension it will not spool in or out. It has been sent back twice and again I have an issue. I am also having the issue listed here. Mine makes a clicking noise in the distribution box on the fire wall, but will not spool in. I am jut going to buy a new non Polaris or warn winch and take my chances.
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Is there a way to jump the selenoid in case of emergency, or with this possibly blow up the winch. I have had starter selenoid on Ford (Fix Or Repair Daily) go bad and was able to jump the selenoid.
The rope Polaris gives you is JUNK! I have broken 15-20 ft. off just from plowing. It has broke everywhere from right @ the hook to inside the winch and everywhere in between.
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Rich, yes you can jump the contactor, it you look @ the wiring on The Contactor (the black box on the firewall. There are two large wires from the winch and a red wire that comes from the battery. If you jump from the red battery wire to one of the winch wire the winch should go in (or out) the other one will be the oposite. Check this out in a non-treating time with the rope (wire) partially spooled out. I also recall something about using the right fairlead and/or wire/rope to prevent repative breaks. I know that doesn't help much but someone has walked (or should I say, plowed ) down that path,
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My Polarass 3500 lb winch failed the first time I REALLY needed it. Had to use the synthetic cable as a tow rope attached to another bike and it broke 7 times and even broke twice as it was doubled up. Not as strong as I had hoped. Dealer went good and checked it over. They replaced the line and discovered it was just a blown fuse. LOL. In defense of the blue synthetic rope we were getting a run on and snaping it tight to get me out of the bog.
lol! Well at least we know how tough these winches are now, no damage to it at all other than the line?
Yep just the line. I guess I should find where the fuse goes and start carrying a couple extra with me. It's a new bike and winch so I would like to know why the fuse blew so quick. I used it once before to pull a friend out.


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They come with a couple of spare fuses in the fuse box...
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Hahaha. Ok where is the fuse box. LOL Seriously...
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Hahaha. Ok where is the fuse box. LOL Seriously...
By your knees under the dash.

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Right on! and you have yourself a great day TJT.
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Just some additional info. Its also a good ideal to check the heavy cable connections on occasion to make sure they are tight and have no rust. Loose connections and/or rust cause higher resistance witch intern causes higher operating currents that reduce the capacity of the winch. It will also cause decreased battery and/or Winch motor life and/or failure.
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Add me to the list. except my winch is a warn. I am also having an issue that occurred twice, where it stays in free stool. it will turn in an out but as soon as you pull tension it will not spool in or out. It has been sent back twice and again I have an issue. I am also having the issue listed here. Mine makes a clicking noise in the distribution box on the fire wall, but will not spool in. I am jut going to buy a new non Polaris or warn winch and take my chances.
That free spool would be a clutch issue. Warn Winch's are the best in the Industry IMHO. Ramsey would be my second choise. Stay away from the cheaper China units.
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