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Lewmar #8 stopped clicking...

Well, not exactly, it clicks when I turn the drum but when I put a winch handle in and crank the handle, nothing happens either way. Any idea what broke in there?

I tried to find a service kit but no luck does anyone know of a source for parts for a #8?

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Sounds like the pawls are not engaging so that could be a broken pawl spring, or maybe they are stuck open in old sticky grease? Either way just pop the top off and have a look, may be a good idea to clean and then grease the winch while you're at it, lewmar's website has instructions. Just did all 4 of mine, it's a messy job.
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Ah okay thanks. How many pawl springs does 1 winch have?
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Sounds like the pawls are not engaging so that could be a broken pawl spring, or maybe they are stuck open in old sticky grease? Either way just pop the top off and have a look, may be a good idea to clean and then grease the winch while you're at it, lewmar's website has instructions. Just did all 4 of mine, it's a messy job.
Yeah I'll bet they are filthy. Thanks, I'll open it and see what I can see in there.
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I know there's 2 in a single speed.. I think there's 4 in a 2 speed..
just take it slow, it doesn't explode like a pocketwatch with the back popped off...
the best advice about this I've heard :
cut a hole in the bottom of a shoebox that is larger than the winch..
tape it to the deck, around the winch..
have at it, it'll be tough to lose parts !!
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I know there's 2 in a single speed.. I think there's 4 in a 2 speed..
just take it slow, it doesn't explode like a pocketwatch with the back popped off...
the best advice about this I've heard :
cut a hole in the bottom of a shoebox that is larger than the winch..
tape it to the deck, around the winch..
have at it, it'll be tough to lose parts !!
That's what I did the first time we took ours apart. I'd probably do it again, especially if I was doing it over the water but the truth is that winches aren't gonna fly apart.

That said the only thing that might take flight is a pawl spring.

Taking them apart, cleaning and regreasing them may get them working again but pawl springs are cheap so you might as well replace them while you're at it.
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Thanks guys, I ordered the parts kits and some grease and oil. I'll tackle the mess this weekend
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Actually, I think you'll enjoy it. Something satisfying about cleaning and lubing a simple machine like that.
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Actually, I think you'll enjoy it. Something satisfying about cleaning and lubing a simple machine like that.
I'm sure you're right, I like rebuilding engines also.

What would you guys recommend for cleaning the old filthy contaminated grease?
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