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What makes my winches so stiff?

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Slycat777 says:

When I first got Evenstar the main jib winches were totally frozen.

With help from this group eventually got them taken apart and they work well now but recently they started getting stiff again. Anyone know why exactly they stiffen up? I'm assuming the plastic interior of the winch drum and the metal spindle dont expand...

Also any tips for making them run more freely? Last time I resorted to getting a round file and filing out some of the inside of the plastic sleeve on the drums but that seems a bit extreme! (and also took ages).
1:20AM, 30 August 2012 PDT (permalink)

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sailing bye1 says:

Try squirting WD40 within the drum( let it penetrate from the top), does leave a residue for a while as it runs out from underneath.
86 months ago (permalink)

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pjbharrison says:

Sand and salt build up in the grease in the winches. Strip and clean them. Don't apply too much new winch grease.
86 months ago (permalink)

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jendave1 says:

Horny haliards?
86 months ago (permalink)

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blueachilles says:

If your winches are the original ones, I found WD40 made mine worse, not better. Grease is the answer.
86 months ago (permalink)

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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

I would echo what Paul says above about sand and salt. Over time the graese gets very hard and the winches seize up if not used. If they are used regularly there should not be a problem for some time (years). It is also likely that the pawls will stick and the rachet will not then work. If you cannot free them with WD40 then a strip, clean and regrease is the only answer that I know.
86 months ago (permalink)

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Little_Plum says:

I ended up having to dismantle all 4 winches and used copper grease. One was a bit problematic to get the winch case off - but that is another story.
86 months ago (permalink)

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rothwell_neil says:

Same as others, took mine apart, removed all old stiff grease with ethanol. Re-greased with molybdenum waterproof stuff, were fine for 3 years. Paladin the same.
86 months ago (permalink)

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Slycat777 says:

What;s strange is that with NO grease at all, the winches totally clean I struggle to get the winch drum actually on to the spindle at all!

Can't understand how its this tight.
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pjbharrison says:

Is there any corrosion from salt? Maybe try light sanding with 400 grade wet and dry with fresh water to remove any blemishes
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NormanKlipspringer is a group administrator NormanKlipspringer says:

Cannot be totally clean. There must be some corrosion, since the drum must have at some time gone onto the spindle with no probs. I suggest you do as Paul suggested - boiling water might help if it is salt. Good luck. My problem has always been the opposite. Too slack not too tight.
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