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Winch Problems - Looking for Help

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I have a 2017 Foreman 500 with PS and push button transmission. I recently added a Warn 2500 winch and Warn 50” plow.
It was working great for about a month, but now it seems like the winch is drawing too much power and the winch struggles to reel back in and raise the plow blade. I have to rev the engine hard to get it to raise the blade without stalling. And it does so very slowly. The PS light comes on when I press the winch button. I have the winch toggle switch wired to the pink wire coming off the ignition. Am I doing something wrong? Do I need to be taking power off the 12v accessory plug on the front? I store the quad on a battery tender every time I put it away. I even tried a brand new battery this morning and the same thing happened. Maybe the PS and push button transmission are drawing too much to allow for the winch?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!
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If you’re running ES, lights, winch other accessories no doubt it’s hard on your battery.
Wow - really surprised about the lack of help from a forum community like this. Guess I'll find another place where hopefully folks can lend a hand.
Hey I helped you; you never replied to my comment. Your condition has classic ES battery all over it. That’s probably why no one else replied.
Yes you can take your Honda to the shop; they can help you too.

Btw who installed the winch? It was running ok for a month? Sounds like the battery is draining or something mechanical like the cable is binding.

Pull that cable all the way out and try again it might have a huge kink in it. Synthetic cables like to bind more than steel
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Goober - I installed the winch. I'll try you're idea about the kinking. I'm running the original steel cable at the moment.
I've tried something new and planning to try it the next snowfall. I strapped a full size deep cycle marine battery to the rear rack and wired the winch straight to it. The winch flies up and down now! I don't have the new battery tied into the charging system so I will need to put it on my Battery Tender after each use.
The battery seems like a beast, but how long it will actually last in use is still an unknown.[/QUOTE

I would think the charging system should keep up, but a hour or two of shifting, winching, lights on, maybe the battery experiences heavy discharge. But after a night of being on a charger you would think you could start out with full charge and no problems.

Let us know if respooling the cable helps.

That deep cycle hookup sounds great and put it on a charger too. If you want to connect it to your quad system you will need an isolator setup like RV cabin/engine battery systems use.
Wow, OK. Thanks for a ton of static and attitude. Enjoy your little group. The attitude is not helpful or appreciated.
LOL take your medicine bro!
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I would check your stator output. If the winch works great on your deep cycle maybe the battery connections were not good or your battery is not charging for some reason
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