I pulled the main fuses at the battery out so I could see what they were and get some spares. Put everything back together and now it wont start. Starter doesnt even click. Everything else works, even the winch. I rechecked everything I did and I dont think I have anything wrong. I have power coming out of both fuses. I checked the 20 amp starter fuse under the dash and it is fine. Any ideas?
Recheck connections and grounds. Although if everything else is working doesn't sound like a ground, but could just be a weak ground. Also as kma says. Check at the starter. Sometimes that can be all it takes.
I did as suggested by kma, I had power to the starter but didnt show anything to the solenoid when the key was in the start position. so I jumped 12v to it and it started right up. now it works with the key switch. I have gone thru and checked grounds and connections, maybe I fixed it and didnt know it, but it works great now. Thanks for the help!
I decided to go thru the starting circuit front to back cause even tho its working now I know there is a problem somewhere and it probably will show itself at the worst possible time. First, I found the connector from the fuse panel to the solenoid had not been crimped properly and the wire was loose inside the connector. I pulled it out easily, it was going to be a problem even if it wasnt now. kept going and found the connector at the battery that goes to a relay was intermittent so i took it off and cut it apart. It seems the end of the wire had been soldered and crimped into the connector. The solder had corroded, you could see black marks on the inside of the crimp where it had been arcing. Replaced that and havent had any issues since. Also found that taking out two bolts holding the fuse panel under the dash allows you to drop it down so you can actually see what you are doing. Used a small 1/4" drive 10mm socket. I see where others on the forum talk about replacing the main fuse at the battery with a circuit breaker. I think that is an excellent idea, that will be next on the agenda and I will move it up higher in the engine compartment where it is easily accessible.
You will find many connection may corrode at times depending on the environment they are subject to. Keep in mind the wiring in these comes from a more car based supplier. So many of the connections would normally be housed with in the body of the vehicle and not exposed to the elements as they can be with these machines.