Originally Posted by YARGESOL
But even rotating by hands without sail...feeling that someyhing blocks inside.
Firstly, were it me, I'd seriously skip the $3k bearing job offer. Given that you can get a new furler
for that kind of coin.
That said, based on the quote from what you wrote, it kind of makes me wonder what's going on with the stay itself, inside of the foil. For example, might there be broken (wire) strands on your headstay. Or perhaps something come adrift inside of the foil which is binding on the stay.
If you haven't looked through the unit's manual, it'd be wise to do so. And or, download & read a copy if you don't have one. Paying attention to any diagnostics section in it.
A couple of other very viable options, are to call Furlex/Selden's tech support line. And also to disconnect your headstay, with the furler
in place, & lower it down onto the dock
. So that things are in a place where it's a lot easier to inspect, diagnose, & work on it.
And prior to wrenching on anything (or applying any tools to the unit), make sure that you have a full schematic of the unit on hand, so that you don't wind
up accidentally setting all of the ball bearings free, or worse.
With that in hand, if it doesn't look too daunting, you might either separate a few sections of the foil so that you can get a partial look at the headstay. Or pull the headstay out of it, if the reinstallation of same isn't a complex process. But again, consult the user & installation
Also, prior to taking things apart, look things over with a close eye, & make sure that there aren't any parts
missing. That, & try having someone rotate the stay by hand, to see if you can detect by sound, where any possible binding might be coming from, inside of the foil.