Any 4x4's winch can break down in the field. Motors overheat, solenoid switches stop working, and mounting bolts break loose. But most of the time these problems can be overcome with preventive service and by not using the winch beyond its ability.
A broken winch line is another common problem that can really ruin a recovery. Whether it's synthetic rope or steel cable, if it breaks in the middle of a pull the vehicle could roll away, becoming stranded, and the cable's high-energy snapback could maim or kill someone. It is advised to stay clear of any winch cable, but if it does break don't give up hope. Here are some simple winch line repair techniques to get you back in action.