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Old 13-03-2018, 19:36   #16
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Well, I've worked out a system usingmost of the above above advice! My system is to now open them up scrape off the big areas of solid grease , and put the bearings and gears nto separate zip lock bags with an inch of thinners, close them up and leave in the sun with regular gentle shaking. after a couple of hours they come out pretty much clean and it's just a once over with the wire brush. Perfect.

Managed to get three done today, the time consuming part was putting the first of the 28's back together again.....

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Remember to rinse parts in water to get rid of whatever you used to degrease. Otherwise the degreaser/kerosene left on the part will make short work of the Pawl oil.
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Remember to rinse parts in water to get rid of whatever you used to degrease. Otherwise the degreaser/kerosene left on the part will make short work of the Pawl oil.
Bugger.....
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Bugger.....
Worry not. Or not much. Your next service of the winches, sometime in the next 6 to 12 months, will be a breeze.
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Remember to rinse parts in water to get rid of whatever you used to degrease. Otherwise the degreaser/kerosene left on the part will make short work of the Pawl oil.
I would think wiping them off would do a better job, unless the water contains degreaser, which would be even worse and would require rinsing. The rest of the solvent will be gone in a day. Heck, light oil will evaporate in a year or so.

Interestingly, Antal and Anderson winches specify a very thin coating of grease on the pawls. Google it. Just sayin', not knowin'.
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Worry not. Or not much. Your next service of the winches, sometime in the next 6 to 12 months, will be a breeze.
I fully expect to develop a very close relationship over the next few years with my wenches

Sorry, winches.
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I fully expect to develop a very close relationship over the next few years with my wenches

Sorry, winches.
How old did you say those wenches were?
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Remember to rinse parts in water to get rid of whatever you used to degrease. Otherwise the degreaser/kerosene left on the part will make short work of the Pawl oil.
I've never found this to be a problem myself... I wouldn't worry much, Olly. And your ziploc bag system is clever.

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I've discovered that you need to be a little careful with the gears in the bags, the teeth are a little pointy...
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Interestingly, Antal and Anderson winches specify a very thin coating of grease on the pawls. Google it. Just sayin', not knowin'.
I have Anderson winches and have followed the directive of only grease on the pawl springs for the last 17 years, and never had a problem with the operation of the pawls. So no complaints!

Funny thing though, one pawl did stick on occasion soon after the winches were new. I cleaned it, regreased--lightly-- and it then worked perfectly. I just rub over the springs with greasy fingers.
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Would denatured alcohol work? Never had an issue, but I'm still green with most marine components.
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Would denatured alcohol work? Never had an issue, but I'm still green with most marine components.


No metho won't touch the salty grease. But there biodegradable degreasers and citric acid detergents that will.
I scrape of the grunge then use wd40. Any solvent will melt the messy grease.
The real solution is to service them 2 times a year. Then there is no build up. a spray of wd40 (from as pump spray to be green) and a synthetic light grease or vasoline and it's done. No strain with frozen threads 10 min work per winch
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