To answer your original question the pins on the gears do pull up. You may have to use a thin putty knife to get under the heads but they will pull up. I had cleaned the 3 manual winches and had my lovely wife come up and see how they compared to the electric winch
when hand spinning them. Weeeeeeeeeee went the manuals
. w.. went the electric
. Somewhat surprised myself I gave it a whirl. The damn thing was tight. I started to take it apart and discovered the entire interior
was badly gummed up (the worst yet) and had the same problem getting the pins apart from the gears. I soaked everything in Mineral Spirits, I even took a Dremil wire brush to the real bad parts
, Lubed per instructions and reassembled to find the electric was also a 2 speed in manual. The first time the Admiral tried a winch under load she commented (something she normally doesn't do for anything mechanical) how easy they worked now. Well worth the trouble and time to insure they worked perfectly as well as reduce loading on a VERY expensive motor
on the electric one.
Steve in Solomons MD