Greasing all metal gears and roller bearings is an essential step for ensuring proper performance and extending the life of your winches.
This synthetic insoluble Harken Winch Grease is resistant to both salt and fresh water and works in all temperatures. It protects metal gears, roller bearings, and all moving winch parts from corrosion and wear.
Note: do not grease pawls, plastic rollers or balls. Grease will cause them to stick. Instead, use Pawl Oil.
Harken recommends that you service your winches at least once during the preseason. However, twice a season is best if your boat lives in salt water. If you race your boat hard, you may want to maintain your winches before every regatta. Keep your winches clean and operating smoothly by flushing frequently with fresh water. Check pawls and springs, bearings, gears, and spindles for signs of wear and corrosion.