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Old 11-24-2008, 11:23 AM   #1
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Electrical Issues 08 Ranger XP

I connected a 25 gal spray rig to my Ranger and problems followed. Now my speedometer, and winch do not work. I've checked the black fuses to the left and the solenoid clicks when I try to engage the winch. When I try engage the winch it drags the engine down and will kill it. Battery is charged. Any suggestions before I bring it in? Thanks
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I connected a 25 gal spray rig to my Ranger and problems followed. Now my speedometer, and winch do not work. I've checked the black fuses to the left and the solenoid clicks when I try to engage the winch. When I try engage the winch it drags the engine down and will kill it. Battery is charged. Any suggestions before I bring it in? Thanks
Does it crank? How did you tie the sprayer in to the electrical? Have you removed what you did to see if that fixes it? There has to be a fuse keeping your speedometer from displaying or a loose wire. Maybe take some pictures of how you hooked the sprayer up. If the winch solenoid pulls in then it should work if you have power to each side of the solenoid. Do you have a meter?

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Old 11-24-2008, 01:34 PM   #3
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Yes it does crank and the connection was regular aligator clips. Everything else seems to work fine. Lights and display on speedometer work. Large wires from battery to some type of solenoid .From that solenoid there are large wires to winch and small wires to speedometer. Thats the common point.
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Alright I am thinking the solenoid you are speaking of is for the winch to pull in for in and out. The small wires from it should be ran to a momentary switch. Where did you try to put the alligator clips? If the display and lights are working then I really don't know what is wrong with the speedometer. What does the winch do when you try to go in and out with it.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:30 PM   #5
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Re: Electrical Issues 08 Ranger XP

I've wired many sprayers into ATV's over the years. A typical sprayer pump draws around 10 amps, depending on what pump you're using. The draw only occurs of course when the pump is running, and when spraying, the pump is on and off a lot. This sporadic, high voltage draw can wreak havoc with the undersized voltage regulators on ATV's.
I always wire directly to the battery. This eliminates voltage fluctuations to your engine and other accessories, especially voltage sensitive ones. I also stay away from alligator clips as they can bounce off and sometimes make poor connections. I use a polarized plug, like a little flat trailer connector. I attach wires, with solid crimp-on or solder-on terminals, at the battery and to the sprayer pump. then wire in the plug in a location where it can be easily unplugged when you're not using your sprayer. Remember to make any exposed prongs of your plug that will remain on your ATV, the ground. This will eliminate the possibility of an accidental short when your sprayer is unplugged. Good Luck.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:34 PM   #6
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Oops! Major ingredeient forgotten. Be sure to fuse that new lead to your sprayer pump. That's best done right at the battery.
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Do you have it wired directly to the battery? My father in law wired in his winch using the lugs on the starter solenoid. When he operated the winch under load it would somehow cause the starter to engage. I moved the wires direct off the battery, and the problem went away. As mentioned above, be sure to fuse it at the battery also.
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:38 PM   #8
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Re: Electrical Issues 08 Ranger XP

I've got a sprayer that i use on our food plots and the easiest way i have found to hook up the sprayer is to carry a extra battery and hook it up to that. I dont use mine alot so i didnt see any need to wire it to the battery on the ranger. Its easy and it works.

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Old 11-25-2008, 11:17 AM   #9
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Re: Electrical Issues 08 Ranger XP

The winch was hooked up at the dealer. The solenoid after some research is a contactor. The small wires off the contactor go to the plug on the dash. The contactor clicks when I press out and does nothing when I press in. The winch does nothing at all. Would the sprayer pump kicking off and on damage the contactor for the winch? Also is the speedometer dial electrical or cable?

I hooked the spray rig directly to the battery with aligator clips. I'll get an extra battery when I spray again.
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