6Disengage your winch’s free spool and take up the slack in the line. Put your 4x4 into low range first gear and begin winching in. Slowly turning the wheels can help break suction in mud and take some load off the winch. You’ll want to match wheel speed with the winch to share the load, paying attention not to overrun it and tangle the line. A winch’s internal components aren’t very strong, so winch in a 30 second on-off cycle as smoothly as possible.