Most winch safety focuses on the cable and attachments, and making sure everything stays connected. However, it’s good to note that careful installation and periodic maintenance of electrical connections is important as well. We’ve seen instances of stuck solenoids and know of one instance where a winch solenoid stuck on while the winch was pulling in cable and the motor would not shut off. It took a hasty battery disconnect to prevent what could have been the untimely destruction of a winch or serious vehicle damage. Take note of aged, corroded wires and connections, or aging solenoids that could act up.