The motor fits snug to the housing but should pop free with a few taps with a soft-faced hammer. Be careful that the armature inside does not fall out as you remove the motor. A Prestolite motor was used on this vintage winch. There are four motor brushes. Ours still had plenty of material remaining and were not chipped or cracked, so they were reused. You can pull the armature out if needed. It can be reinserted by pushing back on the brushes until they clear the edge of the contacts and the armature can be slid back into the motor housing.