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There must be endless info about this online or youtube or any of the offroad sites.
Make sure you mount a good cut out switch between the battery and winch you can access in a hurry to save your truck. A big fuse is usually available from the winch co rated for that winch. If it all goes wrong you can isolate the winch. Cable is going to be stick welding cable size to get good power. Be careful how you route it. Its a big winch, use a professional mounting kit and good quality fasteners.
if your saying that winch will take in and let out ok but wont hold a load in tension , then your winch directional valve or the winch motor is worn out and is allowing oil to pass right thru it regardless of it not being activated as skidder winches don't have a brake like electric winches do it uses the power of the oil locked into motor to hold a load ( that's also why id never stand under a load suspended by one !!!)
It sounds like your solenoid is not reversing the polarity , which will require a new winch solenoid. Before replacing the solenoid, check your switch. It might have one contact no good. Switch the wires around and try to retract winch by paying out.
Without a model number no one can answer your post. There are several winches out there. I do not want to sound disrespectful but... we would be guessing without a model number and would be searching for a needle in a haystack. Help us help you. Make and Model number please so we at least have a chance to try and look it up.
Yes, Check where strap or chain is mounted to winch. It could be loose or have dirt or oil on it something to make it slip.On mine there's a brass piece that raps around the shaft, It got lose and dirty so I cleaned and tightened it. If you pull motor off winch to check gears [don't use gear] when reassembling it's too thick when it's cold. I used white spray lube. Hope it helps!
What's happening is that the latch is not releasing - a safety feature
so the tire doesn't drop down onto the road should the cable or assembly rust/break etc. While researching I got this info from another
forum: Jack up the rear of the van.
Wind the spare "up". now put your jack under the spare to support its
weight. Then "unwind" it. now look up through the spare to the winch
assembly. You'll see a latch at the back - towards the rear of the van.
Reach in with a long screwdriver and release it by moving it towards
the rear of the van. If you've unwound the winch you should be able to
move the plastic holder downwards. Once you've done this you can allow
the tire to come down and remove it. Now remove the winch assembly - 5
or 6 bolts. Odds are you'll see apiece of wire hanging or it may have
fallen out. You'll also see a spring clip - it clips onto the underside
so when you unwind the winch it should pull the aforementioned latch to
release the tire. You should be able to get this back in place by
fiddling with it, or just attach a wire to the latch to work it
manually. Or buy a new winch assembly - approx. $150. Good luck