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zeilfanaat 05-08-2004 02:31 PM

Servicing older lewmar winch
I have a older model (pre ocean?) Lewmar 40 (and 43) 2-speed winch, and I have a hard time figuring out how to disassemble them.

I can easily take off the circlip and lift off the drum, but I don''t know how to get the center spindle out of the base. It seems that if I can pry off the plastic disk holding down the 2 bearing rings, I should be able to take the spindle out, but I am concerned I might break that disk (and end up needing a hard-to-find spare part).

Does anyone have a Lewmar Service Manual Volume 6 lying around? I understand that manual has the specifics on this particular winch--everything I found on the lewmar website so far is for their newer winches.


VIEXILE 05-12-2004 10:27 AM

Servicing older lewmar winch
The plastic around the bearings should lift off. Then the bearings lift off. Be careful of the plastic. It''s brittle as hell. Mine are now wired with pieces of plastic left holding the space between the bearings and the winch body. They work fine, but it ain''t pretty. No need to remove the "spindle." If stuff is stuck, WD40 the crap out of it and gingerly take things apart. Clean and dry and use appropriate grease.

tkringstad 05-12-2004 10:46 PM

Servicing older lewmar winch
-- sorry -- inadvertently removed the topic for this thread.

allene222 06-06-2011 02:58 PM

Here is a copy of the Lewmar service manual
Lemar Service Manual
There are also several older Lewmar winch diagrams here Winch Service Manuals

PhilCarlson 03-11-2014 11:42 AM

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So glad these links are still good! My winches have been a mystery. thanks!

darkwater 03-16-2016 07:59 PM

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Thanks to all who contributed to this thread. The manuals have helped me up to this point.

I have, old, 2 speed Lewmar 40's (not self tailing.) I've got them removed from deck, but the bearing spindles wont come out no matter how much shock, or liquid wrench is applied. Has anyone found an effective method to do this job with ease?


captjcook 03-16-2016 08:05 PM

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Darkwater...the old Lewmar 40 has a spirolox snapring...did you get this off?

darkwater 03-16-2016 08:13 PM

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Originally Posted by captjcook (Post 3395993)
Darkwater...the old Lewmar 40 has a spirolox snapring...did you get this off?

On the 40's, the spindle and ratchet gears must be removed prior to removing the lower circlip, per the shop manual. The larger ratchet gear (within the base) prohibits removal of the circlip.

Within the context of the shop manual, I'm stuck at step "V" under full annual service. It wont budge, and I'm marring the surface badly with a tap.

captjcook 03-16-2016 08:23 PM

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Looks kill it has a head...push up from bottom?

captjcook 03-16-2016 08:24 PM

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