DIY: WINCH SER­VICE

IF YOU CAN TURN AN ALLEN KEY, YOU CAN SER­VICE YOUR OWN WINCH.

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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.

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