Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Kearney, Nebraska
Relay Contactor Problem
I am a new member and originally I posted this on the new member forum, but perhaps it is more appropriate in this forum.....
I have year 2000 300 Fourtax. I purchased it used about four years ago. It came with a Champion winch, which was not working when I purchased the ATV. I replaced the relay contactor and did some rewiring. Recently the winch quit working again, or, more accurately, it appears maybe the relay contractor quit working.
When I connect the battery directly to the winch, the winch works. I took the relay contactor apart and I did not see anything wrong, although I am not sure what to look for. When I put it back together, it worked a bit and then stopped again.
I have some questions: 1) are the relay contactors repairable, and, if so, what can be wrong with it; 2) if they are not, were can I purchase another one? Should they be available at a local ATV or motorcycle shop or an autoparts store, such as NAPA?
The last one I got from MOTO ALLIANCE of Rogers, Minnesota. It was $12.99 plus $10 shipping. To me, no more than I use the winch (I did put a snow plow on the ATV last winter) it did not seem to last long. I have the contactor installed in the box behind the seat. It seems pretty dry there, etc.
Thanks advance for any guidance. I am retired and enjoy the 300 Fourtrax. It is pretty handy for lots of things on a small acreage.