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Why is my lift reeling backward or “down”?

Slack in the cable can cause the cable to wrap incorrectly on the winch drum. If slack has been created, you might want to guide that cable back by manually applying tension to the cable so it wraps correctly into the winch. The winch drum should be wrapped with the cable on the backside of the drum. If the cable gets wrapped the wrong way, with the cable on the front side of the drum, it will not raise or lower your lift properly.