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Old 04-08-2020, 21:57   #31
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Re: Can I repair the traveler myself?

Originally Posted by Cool Hand Luke View Post
Yep... couldn't agree more... I just got the notification from Harken that it was shipped. I'll post some before and after photos so that it may help someone in the future.

Thank you again to all that replied... you guys are the best!!
I am glad you are getting a new part and should be able to repair your traveler car. I don't think it was bad engineering that it broke. The toggle is designed to rotate through both axis. I doubt if the rubber adds much pressure.

My guess is that the stainless steel simply failed. I have had several failures like that on various parts on my boat. Fortunately none of the caused serious damage, but it is scary. Stainless does that.

The pin through the middle should come out releasing the toggle. A drift may be necessary. You can put in something like PB Blaster. Don't use heat, the balls are plastic and expensive, but no balls have to be removed or damaged to get out the pin. I've removed mine and it was easy.

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Old 07-08-2020, 16:35   #32
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Came in today. Woohoo

Looking to install tomorrow. Anything I should know??? Very excited to repair it

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Old 07-08-2020, 21:11   #33
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Re: Can I repair the traveler myself?

Luke, is it my imagination, or is the new bit beefier than the broken one? Hard to be sure from the pix...

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Re: Can I repair the traveler myself?

I think so to and it looks like it might be cast S steel rather than punched and bent.

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