Why does the weird stuff always happen to me? I was bored Saturday so why not pull the winch apart for cleaning and regreasing? The drum had mud packed in it of course but to my surprise the gearbox was clean and dry. I cleaned out the old grease and replaced it with fresh grease and thought now would be a good time to see if the motor was also living up to the waterproof claims. I removed the end cap and brushes. When I went to pull out the armature the magnets came out with it. I know it is working but for how long and does this affect the performance of the winch in any way?