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Re: Lewmar winch problem
Current Lewmars don't require tools for disassembly - the cap comes off with thumb pressure. If you notice, they have only a couple of small raised pips that resemble those "security" screwheads they use in public washrooms.
Press your thumbs hard against them and rotate leftwards (Righty - tighty, lefty - loosey).
If by "locking plate lug" you are referring to the line lifter - the sort of L shaped arm that leads the line into the self tailing mechanism, it should be positioned at "5 o'clock" to the person grinding the winch.
You can reposition it by simply removing the top cap, lifting the winch drum and swiveling it into the correct position at 5 o'clock. Then merely slide it back down the shaft and screw the cap back on.
If that isn't your problem, pictures please.
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Last edited by SloopJonB; 03-20-2012 at 07:16 PM.