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Re: Lewmar 16 winch tiny spring clip
Use white lithium grease - Gunk is the brand I currently have. It has a texture similar to yogurt. A cup costs about $5 and lasts for years.
It never hardens, in fact over time it gets a bit oily. It will not cause stiction on the pawls so you can use it for everything instead of oiling the pawls (which never lasts very long).
I apply it liberally to everything, wind the winches a bit then pop off the drums and wipe off the squeeze out. Works perfectly and it also quiets the ratchet noise from clink clink clink to tic tic tic.
I tried Lewmar grease once - got a miniature toothpaste tube of it for $17 which was about enough for two winches. Nasty, sticky stuff that made the winch action stiff.
Try the lithium - you'll like it. Can be used for everything on board as well - steering cables, throttle cables, quadrant chains etc. etc.
It even says "Boat winches" right on the container.
P.S. I've used Lewmar springs & pawls in Barients and Barlows. If you change to their pawls be sure to change them all - there are slight variations in size that will result in one pawl carrying all the load.
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Last edited by SloopJonB; 07-04-2017 at 04:27 PM.