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Failing success with penetrating oil you will have to unbolt the winch and tap the central spindle out from the bottom.
I had to do this one time, actually whole job took an hour, once I accepted defeat from above.
Back in the water, cleaning and polishing getting ship shape.
AML 54 -019
On 14 Jun 2021, at 15:20, ianjudyjenkins@... wrote:
Penetrating oil and brute force now have the spindles turning. I'll keep up that application until they are free.
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Sent: 12 June 2021 19:30
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Subject: Re: [AmelYachtOwners] Lewmar ST 40 winches on an SM
Yes the central spindle does pull out from the top. It can be stubborn at times but it should come out once you have removed the two or three inserts that sit at the top of the tower where the spindle sinks into.
You may need to use some penetrating oil to free them up a bit more.