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I finally set up the electrical to my winch, however when I did the "al mighty drumroll" and hit the in/out button, nothing happened.

It's my first winch install so maybe I am missing something? Attached is what I did:
Winch is a Warn RT 40 with Honda winch mount kit.
Winch Module: All attached to corresponding colors.
Winch: Yellow to yellow, blue to blue
Battery...now the red wire will be attached to the starter relay switch?(black boot off). The negative is attached to the body. Basically I followed the negitive cable from battery.I believe this is the frame ground bolt?
The winch control harness is installed with the sub harness. All sub harness installed match the color scheme except for the blue wire. It says in the manual to attach the white wire to the white wire, however the only available wire is blue on the sub harness provided. There is no white.

Anyhow, if anyone sees anything I have done wrong or what I can do to see if it isn't faulty, I'm all ears!
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Are you connecting the positive cable at the starter relay on the same side as the wire from the battery? You would be better to run your wire directly to the battery so you don't have the extra amperage draw on the factory wire feeding the rest of the electrical system
 

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I'm not sure I'm following you, or, maybe I did it wrong.

Why would you not attach the wires right to the positive and negative battery posts?

Did you wire in your rocker switch? Wired remote? Wireless remote? What wire did you tap into?
 

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Unhook the winches battery leads.

Recheck all your wires to and from the winch. Test light the wire your tapping for aux power with key on.

After checking everything. Hook the winch leads that go to the battery, right to the battery.
 

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Does your relay click for your winch when you push your in or out button if not you need to check your feed wire to your switch positive and negative if nessary hook them strait to the battery for testing If there is a click check your wiring feeding your winch relay no power or ground will let it click but no power will go through to the winch
 

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DB,

I think your skills speak for themselves.
 

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Get it yet? Got a volt meter test light?
 

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Thanks guys, I will try the stuff mentioned above and let you all know! I appreciate the help:)
 

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It looks like I have power to the winch contactor, however I don't see any power going to the winch via the yellow and blue cable when I tested for power...
 

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Check the power on the winch side of the contactor with someone pushing the rocker switch.
 

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So when you press the in or out switch you dont get power to the blue or yellow? The middle contact slot is grounded?. Do you get power to the side slot wires when you power in or out?
 

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Did you check your aux power yet? If your hooked to the battery, the winch block will have juice. Without aux power the winch isn't going to actuate in or out.
 

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Ok biggs I think you have the same contactor I have if so on top you have the ground and positive on one side and the yellow and blue on the other on the side that the black ground is connected there are 3 1/4 inch slide over connections . The center is ground and the side towards the negative main wire is in and the opposite side is the out control. Take a short wire and hold one end on the positive battery cable on top of the contactor and take the other end and tap the left or right 1/4 inch slide connections if your ground is good your winch should either go out or in. If this doesnt work. Scratch the negative cable and see if you get a spark only touch the negative on top if you touch the negative on the side you could fry it. If you get spark but on negative but no movement when touching positive wire to the contacts then its possible your contactor is shot.
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Connect some jumper cables to your battery then im not sure if its a dual polarity system or a 3 wire so if you have 3 wires ....blue yellow and black going to your winch motor use only the positive jumper lead and put it for a short second on either the yellow or blue wire your winch should work if not then your motor on the winch is no good


hope this helps
 

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So when you press the in or out switch you dont get power to the blue or yellow? The middle contact slot is grounded?. Do you get power to the side slot wires when you power in or out?
Correct. If I press either in or out, I still do not receive power from blue, yellow or the 3 wires going to the controller. The middle is grounded with the main ground harness on the mechanism.
 

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But if you have only 2 wires going to your winch motor pick a side put the blue to ground jumper cable then the yellow to positive jumper cable. But just briefly. First free spool a lil line off just incase.
 

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Try what I said and if your outer slot connections make your winch move using a jumper from the positive then that means your in and out switch isnt recieving power
 

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It looks like I have no power going to my winch in/ out switch or my winch. All power seems to stop at the contactor. Faulty contactor? Moose, what do you mean by checking auxiliary?
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So touching positive jumper wire to the slots didnt move the winch? Try the jumper cables and see cause hate for you to send back a contactor when its the motor if you know what I mean
 
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