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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

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If you visit the blog sundownersailsagain.com (restoration of a Westsail 32) Tate just posted a detailed discussion including a video of maintenance on a set of Lewmar 43s...and included a link to mainesail's excellent tutorial on servicing winches. Both are detailed visual guides to servicing winches including cleaning.

Good luck. (Mineral oil...odorless and effective.)
Thank you, I'll check it out.
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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

Gasoline: a highly effective de-greaser and it is flammable!

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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

Ours looked similar to that: it took two of us about 8 hours for each winch, using mineral spirits, toothbrushes and rags.
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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

Brake clean is nice but sure is horrid on the hands and any gloves you try to wear. Then it splashes into your face and it burns on a nice hot day.

I am all for gas, diesel, or kerosene with a tooth brush. Let soak a day to rehydrate and losen up the grease. Its just bearing grease.
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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

UPDATE: This was the first level of cleaning with brake cleaner and a roll of paper towels:
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This was as clean as I could get the bearings with the cleaner and a toothbrush. All the bearings are spinning freely but they are still quite dirty. Can I use a wire brush to clean the rest of the gunk off?
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And finally, two of the four pawls seem to have been worn away on one side. The two on the right were from one side of the winch. I'm assuming that this is not normal and that they will need to be replaced. Can someone confirm this?
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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

Replace the pawls - springs too probably. Use a brass brush on the roller bearings - they must be bright & shiny - keep working until they are.

Try soaking them overnight or longer in brake cleaner.

Polish up the races inside the drums with some 1000 grit and WD40 or kerosene.
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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

I cant remeber how mine looked...but Im almost sure they were flat all around...

I just rebent the springs out a bit and that will give them more resistance...I usually do that on all mechanical engine springs and the like...

or just buy new ones since you are getting new pawls...

I would soak those races and then mechanically clean them up and or polish

looking good btw...

those winches will be back in business in no time...
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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

I've used kerosene, diesel, WD40, mineral spirits, alcohol, lacquer thinner, whatever is at hand. Mineral spirits would be my first choice though. I'll have to try some citrus solvent and see if that works as good, it's be nice to move away from petroleum solvents.

I've also wondered if Carb dip that comes in the 1 or 5 gallon cans wouldn't be an easy and effective way to clean them. I've used the carb dip to clean up some seriously gunked up carbs, leave it in over night pull out and rinse off and they look like new. It might be easier than going at them with tooth brushes. Just a thought.

I don't think you can blame or even guess as to what the last guy used. If it hasn't been done in 30 years any grease is going to get gunky after that long. Besides waterproof wheel bearing grease is probably a great option if not the same stuff you buy in the little tubes at 4 times the price at West Marine.
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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

Can someone confirm that this is what I need in order to replace the pawls and springs?

Lewmar Standard Small Pawls & Springs Kit: Mauri Pro Sailing
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Re: Are These Winches Salvageable?

I've also seen boiling parts in lemon juice either straight or cut with some water as a great way to clean. Haven't tried that yet either but worth thinking about and of course non toxic.
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