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winch cable jammed :(

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Boss, Oct 13, 2001.

  1. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    Wondering how the hell am I going to get my winch cable unjammed? Wondering if any of yall had this happen before and what yall did? What happened is, the cable got over lapped by other ones so tight, it isn't budging. I'm afraid I have to cut the cable where it is jammed. I can take a pic and post by Monday to let yall see. Now, I only can get about maybe 2' to 3' of cable out and then it starts to roll back in b/c it's jammed so tight in there, rendering my winch useless for now. HS9500i WARN

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  2. Corey-88K5

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    Boss,

    The solution is actually quite simple. You have 2 choices. You can either hook the cable up to a very solid fixed object and use your truck in 4lo and VERY SLOWLY &amp; CAREFULY back the truck up with the winch in Neutral. The other option is to have somebody hook their vehicle up to yours. In the worst case, you may have to "Bump" the vehicle to get the layer out of the wraps. Just PLEASE becareful. I had this problem occur often when driving wreckers. I will be honest, I was one of the people that didn't always take the time to wrap the cable properly, but it was usually anothers fault. If you are in a position that you can't drive the vehicle and or somebody can't get to you, use a highlift to pull the cable out of the drum. You will have to figure out a way to go that route. I really doubt that you would have to cut the cable. If it comes down to it, you may have to get some of the cable crimps that you can get from any place that sells chain and or cable.

    Best of luck, and if you need any other suggestions, let me know. I've been there quite a few times, and even a time or two with the winch on my truck. ( I like my drum VERY PRETTY ;)

    Corey
    88K5

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  3. RedDwarf

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    Beat me to it! [​IMG] I like the hooking it to a stationary object.

    This problem only occurs with wire rope(cable).
    Master Pull winch lines will always pull apart.
    I'm not a spokesman for their company or anything, just giving you an idea in case you continally have this problem.

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     
  4. Boss

    Boss 1/2 ton status Author

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    Thanks Corey and Red! I'll try that out. Red, I saw Kieths Master Pull and I like it a lot. When he first unwound his winch, I was like, what the hell! It looked like really flimsy rope, but it pulled awesome. I was thinking of going that route after this jam, but if I can just get it unjammed, I will be happy.

    Here are some pics.
    http://community.webshots.com/photo/23122081/23124511rvZxGAAXZN

    You'll see what I'm talking about through these pics. I'll try yalls suggestion out and let yall know. Thanks!!
    Boss

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  5. tRustyK5

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    Looks like you got a real bad spot in your cable too...[​IMG]

    Rene

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  6. RedDwarf

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    13,800 lb breaking strength on the 5/16" Master Pull.
    And 100 ft of it weighs under 2 lbs.
    I love mine.

    It is expensive though, but not that much more than a new cable from Warn.

    Good luck with your cable.

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     
  7. Corey-88K5

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    Actually after looking at those pic's, you can forget my suggestion. If you just remove those leaves &amp; that little sand, you should be good to go ;)

    Later,

    Corey

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  8. RedDwarf

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    Actually, just send the wich down here and I'll untangle the mess for you.

    P.S. be sure to include the fairlead as well [​IMG]

    Still Poundin' "pavment" after all these years!!! [​IMG]
     
  9. bigjbear

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    Boss, I thought mine looked bad untill I saw yours. I was able to power mine out so I guess it wasn't nearly as bad.

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  10. chevyracing

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    Don't forget to tie something around the cable. Decapitation sucks.

    John

    Like to go sloppin' 'round in da mud in a rapid fashion....=) [​IMG]
     

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