Technically it was yesterday that lead me to today. Yesterday I gave the LJ a bath and detail, I also pulled out my winch rope for no other reason than i've owned the jeep a year now and have never used it but for verifying it worked when I purchased it.
Anyway, I went to plug in the remote and it wouldn't fit into the socket. no matter how loud I cursed, it just wouldn't plug in. I wrapped up the rope and threw it on the hood and parked the jeep into the garage as it was now close to supper time. This morning I go out and try to figure out what the heck is going on with a clearer head. Sure enough, the male plug of the remote would not insert into the socket on the winch. Not really sure what had happened. But to solve for it... I used a heat gun on the socket surround and viola' this permitted the plug to stretch the ID of the socket enough to insert and seat itself.
So... my PSA is to plug in your remotes more than once a year.
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