DIY: WINCH SERVICE
IF YOU CAN TURN AN ALLEN KEY, YOU CAN SERVICE YOUR OWN WINCH.
FOR first-timers and veterans alike, taking a set of spanners to your own 4x4 can be an intimidating prospect. In years gone by, where a rough engine rarely took little more than an adjustment of points, working on your own vehicle was just assumed – they were even designed that way.
Unfortunately, a slip of the spanner can now lead to thousands of dollars in repair bills, so the art of doing it yourself is all but forgotten. Most vehicles don’t even have a dipstick on their gearbox anymore!
Not all hope is lost. For those itching to spin their own spanners to save a few bucks, there are still a wide variety of projects you can take on yourself. We’re taking a closer look at a typical electric winch you’ll find hanging off the front of most 4x4s. They’re a vital component for self-extraction, and they’re simpler to work on than you’d think.
So, save the money you’d spend on someone else’s time and use it to buy that accessory you’ve been eyeing off for ages, because we’re showing you how to service your own winch.