The Sea Scouts have been gifted a trailer in excellent condition however we think we have identified a potential problem with the hand winch.
When you flip the ratchet thing forwards (the bit that 'clicks' into the teeth) it will dig in and 'click' whilst reeling in the cable. The problem we are having is that if you tug back on the cable (i.e. away from the winch) this bit will allow the cog to turn away thus unreeling the cable again. Obviously this is not good.
Photo of the suspect bit is below, we reckon it is because it is worn and is simply slipping when the cog is pulled against it by the cable.
Do you think this is what is causing the issue?
What is the circled bit called?
Is it possible to buy these bits to mount on the existing winch or should I be buying a
whole new winch?
Thanks for your help.