PUT ON GLOVES. DISENGAGE CLUTCH. To allow free spooling of the winch drum, rotate the clutch lever on the winch to Disengage. Freespooling conserves battery power. FREE THE WINCH HOOK AND ATTACH HOOK STRAP. Free the winch hook from its anchor point. Attach hook strap to the hook (if not attached). PULL WIRE TO ANCHOR POINT. Pull out enough wire rope to reach your anchor point. Be sure to keep a certain amount of tension in the wire. It can become twisted and overwrap when slackened, leading to wire rope damage. To prevent loosing the end, hold the winch hook in the hook strap while you work. SECURE TO THE ANCHOR POINT. Once you’ve established your anchor point, secure the tree trunk protector or choker chain around the object. ATTACH THE CLEVIS/D-SHACKLE AND HOOK STRAP. Attach the shackle to the two ends of the strap or chain and through the hook loop, being careful not to over tighten (tighten and back-off 1/2 turn). LOCK THE CLUTCH. Lock the winch drum by rotating the clutch lever on the winch to Engage. CONNECT THE REMOTE CONTROL. Be careful not to let the remote control cord dangle in front of the winch. If you choose to control the winch from inside your vehicle, always pass the remote through a window to avoid pinching the cord in the door. PUT WIRE ROPE UNDER TENSION. Using the winch switch, slowly wind the wire rope until no slack remains. Once the wire rope is under tension, stand well clear, and never step over it. CHECK YOUR ANCHOR. Make sure all connections are secured and free of debris before continuing with the winching procedure. CHECK WIRE ROPE. The wire rope should be neatly wound around the spooling drum. Improper winding can cause damage to the wire rope. LAY SOMETHING OVER THE WIRE ROPE, if you decide it is necessary, midway between the winch and the anchor point to absorb energy should the wire rope snap loose. Tree limbs, heavy jackets, chain, back pack and the like may be used for this purpose. : MAKE YOUR INTENTIONS CLEAR. Be sure that everyone in the immediate vicinity surrounding the winching operation is completely aware of your intentions before you pull. BEGIN WINCHING. With the winching vehicle’s engine on and light tension already on the wire rope, begin winching slowly and steadily. Be sure that the wire rope is winding evenly and tightly around the spooling drum. For additional assistance, the winched vehicle can be slowly driven while being pulled by the winch. FOR VEHICLE RECOVERY, continue pulling until the vehicle is on stable ground. If you are able to drive the vehicle, the winching operation is complete. SECURE VEHICLE. Once recovery of the vehicle is complete, be sure to secure the vehicle’s brakes and put the Transmission in “park” (automatic) or “low” gear for (manual) transmissions. Release tension in the wire rope. : DISCONNECT WIRE ROPE. Disconnect from the anchor. REWIND WIRE ROPE. The person handling the wire rope should walk the rope in and not let it slide through the hand and control the winch at all times. DISCONNECT REMOTE CONTROL. Disconnect the remote control cord from the control box and store in a clean and dry place. Winching operations are now complete. Put the cap on the solenoid plug in.