During the last 20-years I have disassembled, cleaned, greased, and reassembled Miradors Lewmar
winches at least every other year. This time, while working on a 48ST I encountered parts
and reassembly problems I have never before seen.
here is a nice Lewmar
I took everything apart including taking the center spindle (part #22) out of the center stem (#12) which is the large bronze casting bolted to the cockpit
coaming. It was hard to get the spindle out due to the dried grease caked on the gear
at the bottom of the spindle. I had to make a pri-bar/lever to lift
from the bottom. Eventually it came out.
I wanted to clean the vertical machined tube that the spindle rides in. There was sticky grease residue inside the tube. I soaked a nice soft, lint free, cotton sock in acetone and pushed it down thru the tube a couple times. The last time I wrapped a soft nylon handle of a brush inside the sock and then used the brush/sock to scrub the inside of the tube.
I removed the brush handle and then pushed the sock all the way thru the tube and pulled it out from the bottom. Two black nylon spacers came out of the tube along with the sock. Each spacer is 22mm tall and 2.5 mm thick.
NO Lewmar parts diagram, I have three different versions, show any such spacers!
The spacers fit tightly around the central spindle but do not appear on any Lewmar parts diagram. The spacers seem to be too big to fit into either the top or bottom of the spindle tube. The mystery spacer OD (35mm) will never fit in the spindle tube ID (32 mm). The stainless spindle has a 31.5mm diameter and fits tightly in the tube.
The spindle tube has a cast in spacer/bearing in the bottom just above the gear
on the lower end of the spindle. There doesn't seem to be a similar spacer/bearing in the top of the tube.
The spindle fits snuggly inside the spindle tube without the nylon spacers in place and there is no play in the spindle when I put the winch
handle in an turn it.
How did spacers that are 35mm OD fit inside a 32mm ID tube?
How do I get them back in there?
Why do the spacers not appear in any parts diagram?
What do I do to put the winch