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How to move jib / genoa cars literally, not when but how!

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I'm trying to figure out how to move my jib cars. They are most likely very old. They have a Harken block attached.

I'm trying to figure out how to get them to move on the track. I've turned the knob with no luck, just spins. Are you supposed to pull up on the knob? Press down on the pin and pull up at the same time? They won't budge and I definitely don't want to break them. I just wanted to know how to move them. They are currently set all the way aft.

I'm including a photo, it's an old picture I took last year but should be able to see what the jib car and track look like.

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Re: How to move jib / genoa cars literally, not when but how!

Pull the pin up, slide to desired pinhole and release. Did you try that? If stuck, try spraying the pin with WD40 or a penetrating lubricant.


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Thanks Minnewaska, l give it a try either later today or tomorrow. I tried pulling up on the black knob with no luck.

It figures, most sailing implements require the use of a tool to move something. Probably needle nose pliers to grip that pin.

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Thanks Minnewaska, l give it a try either later today or tomorrow. I tried pulling up on the black knob with no luck.

It figures, most sailing implements require the use of a tool to move something. Probably needle nose pliers to grip that pin.

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It should be possible to lift the pin by hand. PO have not used/maintained it.
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Re: How to move jib / genoa cars literally, not when but how!

Looks like the old Ronstan internal c track. they used the small track size on the Hobie 16's. the pin should just pull up with the knob . yours looks like the 27mm size. most likely the pin is bent and jammed.
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Re: How to move jib / genoa cars literally, not when but how!

Try PB Blaster then let it sit for a day. We put zipper pulls on stuff like that to insure a perpendicular pull.


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From lack of use, those pins get corroded in place. After doing as Minnewasaka says, and use a penetrating lubricant, it could very well take some tools to pry the pin up to get the car moving. Once the car can move, slide it off the track so you can wire brush it, clean it, and work the pin to loosen it properly. Should be easy to pull up when not under load.
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Regularly stubbing your toe on them will help in keeping the free...
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Re: How to move jib / genoa cars literally, not when but how!

Sometimes you have to pull the pin up and give the car a solid whack with a piece of wood to get it moving. Or take the whole rail out, clean, and rebed.

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Re: How to move jib / genoa cars literally, not when but how!

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give the car a solid whack with a piece of wood
We call this "percussive maintenance" or a "technical tap" and it sounds like just the thing in this case.

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