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ARGH! Need help with my Ramsey...

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Chevy409, Aug 26, 2001.

  1. Chevy409

    Chevy409 Registered Member

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    Just bought a NEW (supposedly) Ramsey REP8000 winch today. Put power to the winch and it reels in and out fine with the hand control but when I flip the switch to disengage the winch, I can't pull it out by hand... it doesn't free up at all, like the clutch is still engaged. Is this because it's new and just needs to be worked in or did i get screwed on this deal? Any advice or idea of what problem I might have is appreciated, thanks.
     
  2. Chevy409

    Chevy409 Registered Member

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    Anyone with similar experience?
     
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    I know my friends Warn winch sticks every once in a while. Winches have a automatic brake. Thats problable whats not allowing you to free spool it. I have no idea on how to fix it though. Sorry.

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    I don't know if it helps, but on my WARN, you have to flip the clutch handle to "free Spool". It will not free spool when the handle is in the "engage" position.

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  5. RedDwarf

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    Somehow, I don't think that is the answer he was looking for.

    show some balls; take it apart and see what is wrong.

    Lift It, Lock It, LIVE IT!!!
     
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    does it have the "t" handle on the side?
     
  7. Chevy409

    Chevy409 Registered Member

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    Yes MOABDAD, I remembered to flipt the switch to "freespool" or "disengaged" :)
    RedDwarf, I didn't dig in much but did take off the cover to the planetarys and everything looked good, plenty of greese and everything. It was a little warm though and I only ran the winch for maybe 30 seconds.
    Thanks for the input guys. If someone thinks they have some info, my ears are open.
     
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    Spool out some line, then disengage it and try to wind the line in by hand a bit first. It may be that there is some bind in the drive, and if you turn it backwards a bit first, it will break loose and let you pull the line out by hand. Just a thought.

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  9. Rob 85K5

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    I have the same exact winch. 1st make sure that you have the clutch fully disengaged. Engaged the lever is at the horizontal position, and you pull it up to about 45 degrees to disengage.
    If you call or email Ramsey they will send you owner's manual which includes a exploded view of the winch.

    Rob 85K5

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    Call Ramsey!!!! If it is new they should be able to help! And if it is broke, they should be able to help you get a new one. DONT TAKE IT APART!!! You may void the warranty!!!!!!

    Mike

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  11. Chevy409

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    Littlepig, when disengaged, I can't move it either way by hand. I can however still power the winch with the control when the switch is "disengaged". The clutch just doesn't seem to free up.

    I wish i had a warranty or something like that but I bought it at a swap meet this past weekend :(
     

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