These three questions may seem obvious, but amidst the busy summer hauling, it can be easy to overlook your winch and its health. By regularly running through this list, you can ensure maximum efficiency and safety when using your trailer winch.
Is there obvious wire wear? Whether you’re using a wire or synthetic material, your winch strap will wear out. Some damage is more obvious than others though, so regularly check your strap for wears, tears, kinks, frays, or weakened spots to make sure it doesn’t snap and cause an accident.
Are there any leaks, rust, or other damage to the drum? If your strap is the arm of the winch, then the drum is the muscle. You want to make sure that it is in tip-top shape for hauling your load up. Time and elements, as well as any sort of impact, can damage your winch, so be sure to keep an eye on it and keep it clean, dry, and protected.
Am I using the proper parts for this specific model? Not all winches are equal. Different manufacturers and different models have different intended purposes – and different parts to go with them. Always check to make sure that you’re using the right kind of lubricant, that it is okay to use a specific type of strap, and that there aren’t additional variables that you should be aware of. If you don’t have your user’s manual, check the manufacturer’s website: some provide model manuals online.