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Old 03-07-2012, 10:08 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.

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The contactor is non-serviceable, but you can buy them from Ebay.
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The contactor is non-serviceable, but you can buy them from Ebay.
Thanks, I was afraid of that...on both counts. I used to buy on Ebay but since they went to PayPal, I have tried to avoid them after a bad experience.

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The contactor is non-serviceable, but you can buy them from Ebay.
Thanks, I was afraid of that...on both counts. I used to buy on Ebay but since they went to PayPal, I have tried to avoid them after a bad experience.

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just about anyone you buy from online uses paypal these day's..ebay still let's you use a credit card at check out though. i don't know what brand your winch is ?..but if it's a warn ?..you can go to warns websight..and look up the model..and purchase a contactor from them..they should still sell them for older models ??.
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Bookman, Here is a very good 30amp contactor/relay, on Amazon - where you can use your credit card, rather than Paypal: Amazon.com: 12V Solenoid Contactor Relay Winch: Patio, Lawn & Garden
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Relay Contactor Problem

Turns out it was a poor connection of the wires going into the winch motor. Ya, I know, check the simple stuff first.

Thanks much.

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Bookman: That's great! And, you just saved $25 bucks!
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