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2005 Arctic Cat 500LE winch quit after storage


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:huh:I left my Cat sit for several months while I visited the "States" for summer in WI. Battery had been removed. When I got back here to Panama and on the road again, I occasioned to find that the winch was non-responsive. Now, we have quite a bit of humidity here during the rainy season (it was doubly covered with tarps) and I'm guessing corrosion of contacts or wires.

I've cleaned all the connections, except the rocker switch and solenoid are sealed. No luck. Shouldn't I be able to run 12v directly to either the large diameter blue or yellow wire on the winch and see if the winch itself works? I got spark, but no function.

2nd question: I have an 8 post solenoid and I know the part # is 0409-066 and it is a Warn winch made for Arctic cat, but, I cannot find a model number on the winch so I can look up a wiring diagram. Can anyone possibly tell me which model winch I likely have? 2005 500LE automatic Arctic Cat. Or which winches use the 8 post solenoid? I have not been able to find any diagram of Warn winches that use an 8 post solenoid (lots of winch diagrams are available).:skeptic:

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Just a safety sticker on the end, a sticker on top saying "Warn, made for Arctic Cat". I'll have to remove the winch. I'll get back to you.

Well, before I got that far, I decided to jump 12v to the winch posts. Now, my battery is apparently dead and won't take a charge. I don't see how a perfectly good battery could have been effected. The pull start works, but even after running for 20 minutes I can't even blow my horn very well and the lcd display gets all scrambled when pulling on the hand brake lever or blowing the horn, etc.

So it's either not holding a charge or the charging system isn't working.

I will get the battery tested and see.

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