you first notice a problem with your Winger it is important to pay
close attention to what is occurring at that specific point in order
to identify the problem. Example: I can hear the solenoid click
and see the trigger move but the release arm doesn't release the
pouch. Also if you have multiply Wingers and remote receivers you
need to determine which units are in question.
Problem 1: The Winger does not
launch at all. I hear no sound or see no movement coming from
the release mechanism. It is completely dead.
The most common
reasons why you would have no response at all when pressing the
transmitter is in the remote electronics or the wiring harness.
A bad solenoid is extremely rare and is most often not the reason
for the Winger not working. The release
mechanism needs to be cleaned and lubricated. All moving parts
need to move freely without any resistance from burrs, foreign
matter, etc. Use WD-40, silicone spray, etc and compressed air
to clean out the release.
- Are both the transmitter and receiver turned on?
but it happens. Check to make sure that the electronics are
- Is the receiver programmed to the proper channel on
Consult the owner manual to troubleshoot
- Are the remote electronics working properly?
The best way to test whether your electronics
are functioning is to test them on another Winger. If they activate
another Winger it tells you that they are working. Having the
receiver tested at a local Radio Shack will tell you if they
are working as well.
- Have you charged the remote electronics?
You may have accidentally left the power
on and drained the battery until it was dead. Recharge the batteries.
- Do the batteries in your remote electrionics need
The batteries in your electronics may
be nearing their lifecycle and require replacement. The older
the batteries the less dependable the power source needed to
activat the solenoid. Replace your batteries if needed.
the electronics are working fine the next most obvious source
of the problem lies in the wiring harness that connects the release
mechanism to the remote receiver.
Faulty Wiring Harness?
- Is the plug installed on the receiver?
Again, it sounds simply but it is common
for people to forget to plug in the receiver.
- Do we have a faulty plug?
The plug that goes in to the receiver
may be cracked grounded out or have a loose connection. This
stops the power of the receiver from reaching the solenoid.
Even if the plug looks fine the internal components may be faulty.
Have the plug tested and/or replaced (replacement part - 1/8"
2-Pole Phone Jack) Available at your local Radio Shack or from
Zinger Winger Company.
- Is there a break in the wire leading to the solenoid?
Test to make sure there are no broken
wires along the path of the harness.
- Are the quick connections at the solenoid secure?
Remove the Multi-Shot™ Release from
its housing and inspect the solenoid terminals. Make sure there
are connected and secure.
- Is any part of the wire harness touching the frame
and grounding out the electronics?
Inspect all parts of the wiring to make
sure no wire or metal part is grounding against the frame of
the Winger. Repair accordingly.
2: The bird does not go very far.
- The rubbers are not hooked up properly.
You may have forgotten to hook one or
more rubbers. Pull the rubbers/rings down to their proper anchors.
bird is contacting the frame and flopping out.
Make sure the bird is loaded properly
(see loading). Vertically place the bird (with head & wingstucked
under the body) into the pouch. The tail & legs should extend
out the top edge of the pouch so no contact with frame is made.
- The rubbers need replacing?
The rubber tubing may be worn and stretched
to the point where they need replacement. Contact customer service
to place an order.You are trainning in extremely
Freezing tempertures and wind chills will
affect the stretch of the rubber tubing. Once the rubber freezes,
you will need to move the Winger inside for the rubber tubing
to return to its normal structure.
3: The Winger falls over when launched.
- The Winger is on uneven ground.
Make sure the Winger is level & stable
when setting up.
- The bird is contacting the frame when launched.
Standing behind the Winger center the
bird or bumper vertically and flat into the pouch. If using
a large duck position any overhang on the topend of the pouch
so no interference with the frame occurs.
- The Winger is set at an extreme angle.
Lower the arc of the Winger for a more
4: The primer shot doesn't fire (is not load).
- The primers are faulty.
Use fresh primers that work.
- The rubbers are worn out.
Not enough force is being generated to
fire the primer. Replace as needed.
- You forgot to hook up the rubbers.
Hook the pouches release bolt to the release
arm. The release bolt should be positioned as far over as it
forgot to load the primer or you inserted the primer into the
Make sure you are using the right primer