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Re: Arco 30 Winch Maintenance Question
On all the winches I have serviced that had pins like that, they were a slip fit. If you have to use a hammer and drift to get them out they probably have crud on them. Polish them with 600 or 800 wet/dry paper and some WD40 or even diesel and also polish the holes they ride in. It's a good idea to do this to the main bearing races in the drum as well - just polish the varnish off (if there is any of course).
If you use white lithium grease on your winches you CAN grease your pawls & springs with a LIGHT coat. It clings better than oil and won't cause the stiction that is the reason for the "oil only" conventional wisdom.
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