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Lewmar winch pawl problem
I have a pair of Lewmar 40ST winches, and one of them has sticky pawls. Occasionally, the winch spins freely under load (no ratcheting), which is annoying and dangerous.
I completely disassembled it and thoroughly cleaned the parts that involve the pawls, and oiled them with Lewmar winch oil. It worked well for a few races, but now it's back to its old tricks.
Should I replace the pawls? Should I replace more than that? Different lubricant?
"Figment" 1978 Pearson 30 #1083