How Do You Install a Winch?


Quick Answer

To install a winch, position the winch on the vehicle's bumper with the fairlead beneath it, and connect the hook of the cable. Insert the bolts through the spacers under the bumper to attach the fairlead and winch. Connect the cables to the vehicle's battery.

Continue Reading
How Do You Install a Winch?
Credit: Baloncici iStock Getty Images

Full Answer

Begin installing a winch by placing its four locknuts into the indentations given at its base. Tape the opening. When positioning the winch on the bumper, align it with the mounting holes. To place the mounting plate of the fairlead under the winch, lift it a little bit carefully, and slide the former in place.

Allow the cable to run via the fairlead and affix the hook. To attach the winch to the bumper, align the holes of the bumper, mounting plate of the fairlead and the winch. Position the two steel spacers under the bumper, and pass the four bolts from these in an upward direction so that they get inserted into the bottom of the winch. Tighten the bolts to a torque of 90 foot-pounds using a wrench.

Pass the red and black colored cables from beneath the vehicle into the engine compartment and then into the vehicle's battery. Ensure that no sharp parts rub against the cables. Connect the positive red and negative black cables to the battery's positive and negative terminals, respectively. Coat the protective caps with dielectric grease and position them on the connections.

Take the boot out of the winch's remote connection and install the remote switch.

Learn more about Car Parts & Maintenance

Related Questions