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  1. SloopJonB

    Did you know winches need to be maintained? It's true! Shocking, I know. WTB Comprehensive list of maintenance.

    I'll stick with Pampers - no-one will believe that story from a guy my age
  2. SloopJonB

    Did you know winches need to be maintained? It's true! Shocking, I know. WTB Comprehensive list of maintenance.

    I've run across 2 kinds of "white lithium" grease. One is normal, sticky, wheel bearing type grease and is a dark amber colour. This is similar to the "usual" winch grease. The stuff I'm talking about is much lower viscosity and is a pale cream colour - it comes in tubs & squeeze tubes. It...
  3. SloopJonB

    Did you know winches need to be maintained? It's true! Shocking, I know. WTB Comprehensive list of maintenance.

    What I do is to grease everything heavily (except the pawls & springs - just a dab there), reassemble everything, rotate the winch a number of times. pop off the drum and wipe off all the squeeze out. What's left is exactly what the winch wants.
  4. SloopJonB

    Did you know winches need to be maintained? It's true! Shocking, I know. WTB Comprehensive list of maintenance.

    It's not all light, white lithium - all the OEM winch grease I've seen is heavy, sticky and accumulates grime which hardens it. I tried water pump grease years ago with the same result. IME your recommendation of going heavier is totally counterproductive. As I said, the light stuff works...
  5. SloopJonB

    Did you know winches need to be maintained? It's true! Shocking, I know. WTB Comprehensive list of maintenance.

    I don't use that grease the manufacturers sell for insane prices - the last time I did I got a $20 tube of Lewmar grease the size of a tube of hotel toothpaste - it was good for two winches. For the last few decades I have exclusively used white lithium grease - Gunk & Kleen-Flo both make...
  6. SloopJonB

    Did you know winches need to be maintained? It's true! Shocking, I know. WTB Comprehensive list of maintenance.

    True. I regard my old Barients as the best bits of machinery of any kind that I've ever owned. It was a black day when that company was sold. Speaking of which, the latest winches I have serviced were Lewmars and Harkens. They both rotate (the handle) ass backwards - counter clockwise for high...
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