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Old 09-14-2014, 01:54 PM   #1
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'14 HW296 Powerwinch

Just got back from our second voyage and while we were taking down a friend of ours mentioned how loud our winch was. When we listened to their winch on a RW Freedom it was silent. Anybody have and input on this? HW296 owners notice this as well or do we have a problem? Thanks in advance for input.
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Old 09-14-2014, 03:18 PM   #2
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check the bolts on the motor. Ours came losse and one fell out, causing the gears to chatter and disengage, before I found the problem. The winch is still loud, but at least it's working. If you want quiet, use the power drill with deep 3/4" socket to turn it.
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Old 09-14-2014, 03:18 PM   #3
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You need to put grease on the worm gear every so often. Take off the winch cover and cram a glob of multi purpose grease in and around the worm gear. I would do it about every 5 trips but I was also in a really hot climate.

Use a grease gun to fill the cable tubes underneath. I also liked using "chain lube" on the cable- I thought I made a difference.


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Old 09-15-2014, 12:22 AM   #4
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If it's a new unit (2014), they are loud. We have a 2014 2514g, and the winch is loud as well. They changed to a new style, and the dealer warned me about it at the Delivery. Might be worth a few mins just to check it out, but coming from another owner, they are just plain loud.


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Old 09-15-2014, 07:30 AM   #5
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Load is scary. I do not like loud. I always think loud means it is breaking. lol.
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Old 09-15-2014, 08:25 AM   #6
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My 2015 HW 276 is scary loud compared to others I've owned, but "they " say it's normal,I hope " they" are right


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Old 09-15-2014, 01:56 PM   #7
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I have a 2010 HW276 and the winch is loud. This is the first one I have had with a winch, so I asked the dealer and he said that it was typical for this unit....for what that's worth. I've had mine up and down at least 20 times in the past 12 months with no issue to date.


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Old 09-15-2014, 02:32 PM   #8
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And I thought my 2012 was loud-can't imagine if they got louder!


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Old 06-14-2015, 09:09 AM   #9
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I just bought a 2015 2317G and my powerwinch is scary loud as well. I can't believe that any design this loud would be sold on purpose. Mine sounds like an impact wrench at a tire store. I intend to take it apart and see if I figure out where that noise is coming from. I need to open it up to adjust the limit switches since the dealer/mfg apparently didn't do it for me.
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Vin, my thinking is quite is bad. Lol. These winches are load which can stink if ur setting up at night. They say don't grease the new style winch
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