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Winch Cable Maintenance

Discussion in 'Winches' started by Boyink, May 5, 2019.

  1. May 5, 2019
    Boyink

    Boyink Super Moderator Staff Member Sponsor

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    So Dad's TJ came with a winch, which I have never had. Just unspooled it a little, and see some surface rust in the lower-down windings of cable.

    What's the word on maintenance here? Some kind of penetrating oil? WD-40? Don't worry about it?

    Synthetic rope not an option.
     
  2. May 5, 2019
    PeteL

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    Me, I just squirt ATF on the spool every once in a while. And don't worry about it. Cable is cheap.

    But if it's rusty, you aren't getting stuck enough! :D


    Galvanized cable is a thing, too.
     
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    PeteL

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    Boyink

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  5. May 6, 2019
    Bowbender

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    I have a can of Fluid Film I think I'll put some on mine, I've heard good things about it, think it will work in this application.
     
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    Lockman

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    I learned about Fluid Film from Sterclan. He's and undercoating expert for over 30 Years. AND, My son was 17 years in the USCG as a damage control man. His last boat was given an experiment at sea. They coated stanchions with : Fluid Film , WD-40, & another rust preventive. Fluid Film came in first, hands down. It's biodegradable: made with Lanolin from sheep's wool ! I love the stuff!
     
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    Dave Deyton

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    I have heard great things about Fluid Film. Has to have been Alien Technology.

    Got to get some.

    Dave
     
  8. May 8, 2019
    sterlclan

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    Yes fluid film is good
     
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    sterlclan

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    Nope milspec
     
  10. May 8, 2019
    jeeper50

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    We used it for aircraft flight control cable treatment, but then they don't taxi on dusty runways either, solvent evaped out and left the treatment on the steel cable.
    It is good stuff. might attract dirt and dust.
     
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  11. May 13, 2019
    jeeper50

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    PeteL

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    92% VOC... that would do it.
     

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