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    Pop noise when attempting to pull a downed tree

    Well, another weekend has passed and I have another possible issue with my trail lol. Seems to be a common thing.

    I was out on my normal trails and came across a large downed tree. Hooked up my warn 2500lbs winch and tried to pull it backward off the trail. It didn't really want to budge. I click into 4wd and reverse and tried to pull it backward in reverse. I didn't slam it or anything, very gentle steady pull. After tugging on it for a few seconds I heard a pop or crack noise and immediately backed off. Nothing started grinding or anything of that sort, just 1 pop and nothing else. It came from the front of the machine.

    I rode another 7 or 10 miles over the rest of the weekend and didn't notice any other issues. Afaik the 4wd functions fine and I haven't had any other noises. The winch cable did have a kink in it after I unhooked it.

    Is there something I should be concerned with checking? Is it possible it was a noise generated by the winch? I'm still planning on doing a fluid change soon, however it got pushed back a few weeks because I'm pouring a concrete floor in my garage. Hooray for no more working in gravel. I will definitely be checking for chunks, but will probably be trying to ride more before I get to it.

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    sounds like the winch cable bound (or unbound) and that is where the 'pop' came from

    Have had that happen on flatbed tow trucks....
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    If the winch can't pull it with the machine anchored then it's probably to big of a load. If you pull with machine in gear there's a real possibility of hurting the transaxle or front diff. These machines have some very small or weak parts that are made to handle just there own load no added stresses.
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    I was kind of under the assumption the axles were the engineered weak point since they are easier/cheaper to replace than the diff/transaxle, and you hear about people blowing axles on SxS frequently. I know it's on wheels but the machine is rated to pull a trailer with like 1500 or 2000 lbs. as well. When I did it I was going easy on the throttle and since it was in reverse the limiter wouldn't let it rev real high anyway, prolly only got to 3000ish rpm tbh.

    I'll definitely not be pulling trees again because I had those exact thoughts running through my head: "Maybe the front diff blew." Seems fine though, going to hopefully get out for a ride on Sunday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sak kitty View Post
    If the winch can't pull it with the machine anchored then it's probably to big of a load. If you pull with machine in gear there's a real possibility of hurting the transaxle or front diff. These machines have some very small or weak parts that are made to handle just there own load no added stresses.
    Not to mention the piss poor reverse chain / sprocket system. Been damaged without any additional loads... i wouldn't reverse pull anything just to be safe.
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