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Old 03-20-2019, 08:52 AM
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Sorry about that. Just hated to see anyone else make that mistake.
Old 03-20-2019, 10:24 AM
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I think this is one of those "if you have to ask you shouldn't do it" kind of moments.

I actually suspect his photo and your diagram show the same thing (i.e. the top wires are the + and - going to the battery). The picture is too close to see the color of the top right wire and I think the red there may just be the color of the crimp shrink wrap? Then again maybe not.

To the OP: You said you measured 6v when switched. As I mentioned before, that should never happen and if that's accurate, you have a bad switch. If you can annotate your picture indicating (as far as you know) which wires are going to the battery and circuit breaker and which are going to the motor, that would help.

Be very careful if you try jumping out the switch - if you connect the two battery cables together you will get a BIG spark.
Old 03-20-2019, 10:38 AM
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Try this
Breaker on (closed)
Switch off (open)
Multimeter the switch
The two wires that read 12v are the ones to NOT jumper together
Old 04-12-2019, 06:44 PM
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So I got a new switch and that didn't fix it. Then I got a new motor. When I started to swap out the motor I noticed the gears were locked up. I used a wrench a gave the gear on the motor a good twist and got it to move. Then everything started working again. So the motor was seized up for some reason. Everything is working fine now with all the original parts.

Thanks for the ideas along the way to getting this resolved.

Anyone have any insight into the motor seizing up? Is that indicative of a bad motor? The gears seemed to be in good shape and were plenty lubed.

I'm returning the new switch I bought but I'm wondering if I should keep the motor in case this happens again.

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