Roseann Casey Sailboat February 27th, 2018 - 14:58:26
Before you start with Servicing a Sailboat Winch Its a good idea to have everything handy before you begin because youll be too greasy to dig around your clean boat for needed items: plenty of paper towels mineral spirits small can to wash greasy parts in small paint brush winch grease tools including metric Allen wrenches and access to hot water. The paper towels let you keep sailboat winch dissassembly mess under control. Pour the mineral spirits into the small can and use to clean parts with the small paintbrush (after cleaning rinse all the parts in hot water).
After soaking take the small brush and work off any old grease from the winch component. Dont forget to clean the winch gear ring on the inside of the drum. Now that youve removed the grease and grime rinse the parts in hot water to remove the mineral spirits. If the spirits are left on it breaks down the grease. Dry the parts with a clean rag or paper towel. Reassembly of Sailboat Winch As you put the gears back into place take a close look at how the pawls are working. If they dont open and close smoothly then the drum could spin backwards. If theres any question that the pawls are not working properly it is much easier to replace them and the little springs. It is very important NOT to grease the pawls because grease causes them to stick. And if they stick the gears wont engage. To lubricate your pawls use any light oil that might be on hand; something like a 3 & 1 oil.
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