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About This QuizWinches are most often used by tow truck drivers, but other people use them too. Test your knowledge on winches with this quiz at HowStuffWorks.
Which of the following is not a type of winch?
There are different types of winches, including hydraulic winches and electric winches. How Winches Work
When installing a winch on a normal vehicle, what additional part often needs to be purchased?
When installing a winch on a normal vehicle, often times a new bumper needs to be purchased because most stock bumpers don't have enough space for a winch. How Winches Work
What phrase means making sure the wire is tightly spooled on the winch's drum?
Post-tensioning the wire
Pretensioning the wire
Pretensioning is a term used to describe the act of making sure the wire is tightly spooled on the winch's drum. How Winches Work
What is the final step in installing a winch?
Buying a new bumper
Attaching the winch's power source
Attaching the winch clasp
Pretensioning the wire
The final step in installing a winch is pretensioning the wire. How Winches Work
What is the most common recreational use of a winch?
Rock climbing anchor
Attaching point for a zip line
Tight rope anchor
The most common recreational use for a winch is for off-roading. Many people use winches to help pull vehicles out of deep mud. How Winches Work
Which of the following is not a choice that needs to be made when buying a winch?
Electric or hydraulic
Manual or automatic
Cable, wire or chain
Stainless steel or lead
When purchasing a winch, there are several choices that need to be made about the type of winch you want to purchase. For example, you need to decide if you want an electric or hydraulic winch, a manual or automatic winch, and if you want your cable to be wire or chain. It is easier to make such decisions if you know what your primary use of the winch will be. Obviously, heavy-duty jobs require more heavy-duty winches. How Winches Work
Which of the following is not a consideration when buying a winch?
Vehicle frame strength
Intended winch use
When buying a winch, you need to consider your vehicle frame strength, your vehicle weight, and your intended use for the winch so you purchase the correct type of winch that your vehicle can safety support. How Winches Work
What vehicle part typically does not come with the space for a winch?
Usually, stock bumpers do not come with enough space to install a winch, so a new bumper needs to be purchased. How Winches Work
When winches get their power from the vehicle's battery, what must be installed along with the winch?
When winches get their power from the vehicle's battery, a power switch must be installed along with the winch. How Winches Work
When installing particularly powerful winches, what is a common approach to providing power?
Installing an extra battery
When installing particularly powerful winches (like the kind of winches used on large trucks) is common to install an extra battery to supply power for the winch. How Winches Work
Hooking up solar panels
Installing rechargeable batteries
Hooking it up to the fuse box
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