3) Proper Winch Winding: After you have used your winch a time or two, you might notice the cable is binding or winding up crooked on the drum. This not only takes up much more space on the drum, causing the cable to bind on the winch housing, but it can also damage the steel cable. To remedy this, simply pull the winch cable off of the drum until there are only two wraps of cable still on the winch. Then attach the cable to a solid object, place the machine in neutral and steadily winch the cable back in while managing the cable reel position. Be sure to wear heavy gloves and watch for frays that could stick your hands. Also, do not get your hands within a few feet of the actual winch.