Re: Outhaul Gearbox Removal
John Hollamby <annejohnholl@...>
Hello Tom, Having just been through this problem I have a few pointers. If a bolt has sheared off take the box to a machine shop and get them to drill it out and insert a Helicoil which will be better than the original. My outhaul was noisy but the furler was silent.The bronze gear was the cause and needed replacement. Remember that these gearboxes/motors are of industrial quality and only the bronze wheel needs to be changed along with the oil seals because the outhaul carries very heavy loads when we abuse it. The total daily use is perhaps a couple of minutes and thus the bearings should be hardly run in. The wheel in the furling box was as good as new.toggle quoted message Show quoted text
When hammering out the drive shaft put supports between the mounting bracket and the boom to transfer the load. My suspicion is that the seizure is due to salt crystals forming between the shaft and the gearbox and it might be sensible to have a couple of thou skimmed off the bottom part of the shaft. However I have piled grease around the top of the box and put duct tape over the opening in the hope of keeping sea water out and will remove the shaft every six months in future.
Good luck with it, Anne and John, SM319
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