Cheap Chinese Winch 2 years on

Submitted: Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 12:26
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Well 2 years ago I bought a 12000lb Chinese Winch from Chumpion - where is that boy - I've not seen that Defender Driver in years?

Anyways, it has sat on the front of the cruiser for a long time - I have taken it out once to check all the nuts and things, but never had it fully apart.

It has not had a lot of use, but has had some serious use recovering others (4 times), and doing gardening (removing big trees off the track).

I've a couple of seriously remote trips coming up so thought it time to check it out - the nut holding the cable had come loose and is somewhere between Brunie Island and Broome - if you see it pick it up please, and let me know.

The damage:

Recent water ingres (you can tell from the colour that it is that Tasmanian silt stuff from January) muddying up the grease. It looks like the water comes in through the clutch handle and then sits in the bottom. But not a lot... just a bit gunky. It had got fairly well drowned a number of times.

The thread for the cable nut is stripped - will have to get a new nut and make a new thread.

I've yet to take the motor apart - I might drop it in to an auto-leccy for his assessment, but it seems fine.

The good news:

All the gearbox looks in great shape - no damage to any of the assembly and no evidence of stripping or even noticeable wear.

So, does anyone know where I can get a new gasket for the gearbox assembly mount? The currnet one looks okay, but I'd prefer to start with a new one.

Cheers
Andrew.

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Reply By: Member - 120scruiser (NSW) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 12:30

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 12:30
Good news Andrew. If you can't get a new gasket just reuse the old one and get some Loctite Ultra Grey. It is great stuff and when it comes time to cleaning it again a few years down the track it cleans off easily. I love the stuff.
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Follow Up By: Andrew from Vivid Adventures - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:01

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:01
Thank you thank you.

Next question. What grease should I be using? Is wheel bearing grease appropriate?
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:05

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:05
Andrew
( does anyone know where I can get a new gasket for the gearbox assembly mount? )

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Follow Up By: Member - Tim - Stratford (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:07

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:07
Doug,


Spot on - Pretty hard to go wrong with that comment these days!!!



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Reply By: Member - Tim - Stratford (VIC) - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:06

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:06
Andrew,

A gasket from a Warn winch will probably fit - they are all a similar size. Just measure the diameter and go armed with this to an ARB outlet.

As for the grease - I use a Moly grease that is used in marine envirnments for wheel bearings etc. The proper grease they use in Warn winches isn't available in Australia. This moly grease works for me - and looks just like the stuff that was in my winch to start with.



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Follow Up By: Andrew from Vivid Adventures - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:16

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 13:16
Thanks Tim.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:44

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 18:44
High Temp Bearing grease would never melt in the winch to lubricate, either moly gease as has been suggested or something similar to Castrol APX would be the go. The latter is very sticky and also flows/melts well to lubricate.
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Follow Up By: Andrew from Vivid Adventures - Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 19:45

Saturday, Mar 29, 2008 at 19:45
Thanks Peter.
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