GREASE IT UP
4WITH the motor re-assembled and off to the side, remove the motor end-plate from the rest of the winch. You’ll find three tie rods connecting the two ends with Allen key bolts. If the rods spin as you’re undoing them, you’ll need to hold them with multi-grips. Use a rag to avoid damaging the chrome finish, as corrosion is inevitable if the finish gets broken.
With the three bars off, remove the motor end-plate and then the drum. You’ll want to clean away the existing grease on the drum and endplates to replace it with fresh grease. On each end-plate you’ll find a plastic bushing that the drum runs in. Run your finger along it looking for any gouges or rough spots. If they’re damaged they’ll need to be replaced, otherwise they can be lightly re-greased.