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Hello, a friend of mine gave me his 8274 (which I am sure was never used much...knowing him). I honestly have not taken a hard look at it yet but I can't get it to free wheel (line out). When I pull on the clutch knob it does nothing, should it pull out and push in to release? I had looked in the manual I got from WARN but it does not go in to too much detail. It does power in and out, what am I doing wrong? It is just presently on the basement floor (dry). Thanks. John
 

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You pull the clutch knob to freespool. The brake on an 8274 can hang up a little and make it difficult to pull out. I have found that if I power out a little before I release the clutch it pulls a lot easier. Also never jerk on the cable as this will set the brake, even if the clutch is released.

If that does not seem to help, here are a couple of things to look for;

1 If the clutch does not move fairly easily (It has a pretty stiff detent), remove it from the winch (try to pull the clutch out first the keep the motor drive gear from falling into the gearbox) and see if the shaft or fork are bent or frozen. Replace if damaged Warn PN 8326.

2 Check the brake for correct operation. Hold the outer brake disc while trying to rotate the other disc back and forth. There should be appx .75 to 1 inch of rotation. If there is less the brake is frozen up and will require serviced. The service kit is PN 8409 (if you brake has the little pucks instead of 2 large discs, you will also need PN 7601 brake ratchet to go with the 8409). The brake service kit is fairly easy to install (it comes with good instructions), and if you get this far into the winch remember to change the oil (6oz 30wt) and maybe replace the drum bushings PN 8680.

3 Make sure you have the winch on a GOOD square mounting plate. If the plate is not true you can put the gearbox in a bind and this will cause the cam on the brake not to release as it should.

4 As far as operating the clutch on the 8274, NEVER EVER release the clutch under a load. This includes when you suck the hook into the fairlead. Failure to heed this warning will lead to a damaged clutch fork.
And when you reengage the clutch apply moderate pressure while twisting the drum back and forth. Do not use the motor as the motor drive gear will machine a nice chunk out of the fork.

The 8274 is by far the best winch ever built, but it has a few quirks to get used to.
 

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it could be like the used one i bought. when i got it it would not free spool either. i took it apart and apparently the person before me had taken it apart and put it back to gether wrong. the gear wasn't even in the fork. i put it back to gether and now it works fine.
 

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The freespool knob tends to jam because you get rust on the shaft that the motor gear slides on. You may be tempted to use a prybar to "help" the knob, but don't do it.

Even when everything is working well, 8274's don't free spool very easily, but on the plus side they power out real fast <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Yeah, I had to use mine for a year or so, blow it up, then fix it before it would free spool out. But like you said, at least the no load speed is high.

Oh yeah, make sure the 3 bolts that hold the upper part of the case (with the motor) on are tight. Otherwise you will have an expensive problem. Ax me how I know.

Pete

[ 10-26-2001: Message edited by: pcorssmit ]
 

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Thanks everyone, like I had said this winch was not used much and had been sitting for many years. I will check out all the above suggestions. It may have just jammed from a bit of rust like your suggestion above. It presently is not mounted to anything, just lying on the bench so I will look into it in more detail. Thanks again for all the input...very informative. John
 

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mine don't free-spool either,i just power it out and let someone else drag the line <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Bill, I had read your reply and what I read was I should take my wife along! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> Is that correct? LOL
 

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Originally posted by cj8scrambld:
<STRONG>Bill, I had read your reply and what I read was I should take my wife along! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> Is that correct? LOL</STRONG>
that will work,i take my boys and they fight over who gets to pull the line.they think that is an honor...

<IMG SRC="smilies/smokin.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by Bill Collins:
<STRONG>
Originally posted by cj8scrambld:
[qb]Bill, I had read your reply and what I read was I should take my wife along! <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> <IMG SRC="smilies/smile.gif" border="0"> Is that correct? LOL</STRONG>
that will work,i take my boys and they fight over who gets to pull the line.they think that is an honor...

<IMG SRC="smilies/smokin.gif" border="0">[/QB]
the tom sawyer mind game <IMG SRC="smilies/biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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Take a Jeep....and never use the winch!! Unless you need to move a Toy, out of your path!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/skull.gif" border="0">
 

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Originally posted by Chark:
<STRONG>Take a Jeep....and never use the winch!! Unless you need to move a Toy, out of your path!!! <IMG SRC="smilies/skull.gif" border="0"></STRONG>
there's that heep thing again.we don't understand...
 
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