Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Main furler motor issue
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So the gearbox is fine, we can operate the manual furling without problems.
We removed the unit and disconnected it as per Mohammad's instructions.
We managed to remove (pop out) the bottom black end cap (wire end). It was not easy to say the least. For the top end, we are still very much struggling with it. We must be doing it the wrong way. We found those black end caps to be sealed with what looks like white sikaflex, between the white painted aluminium case and a groove in the black end cap.
The inside of the housing was damp, with a few drops od salt water running out and a fair amount of salt cristals.
The "wire end" of the motor stack has the 'brake', an electromagnetic friction disk that I suppose is there to block the rotation while not energised (correct me if I'm wrong). It was a bit rusty.
There is a gear on that end of the shaft that connects to the brake element. That gear would not rotate freely, until I shaked it a bit and it freed up. Maybe a clue as to what's going on inside.
Next is the motor itself and the wires going into it that I guess would be connected to the brushes.
But to access the full motor block, i think we need to remove the top back end cap too and free the motor from the housing. The top black end cap is still resisting our efforts. I don't suppose there is another solution to access the brushes or to remove that end cap?
What is the seal that Amel recommend changing every couple of years? Is it between the end cap and the aluminium housing? Or the bit between the shaft and the black end cap? On our motor it's very rusty (see picture in previous post) and I wouldn't be surprised it's the source of our damp problem. Does Amel provide you with an how-to to change it? I would be interested in any tips at this point.
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On Mon, 16 Oct 2017 at 11:17, Garulfo sv <svgarulfo@...> wrote: