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Old 15 May 2011, 03:20   #1
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Bombard wheel problem - help!

Had two other Bombard 380 owners round today to give the boat a once over prior to Lake Annecy shortly.

I bought new Bombard wheels from Barnet Marine about 6 moths ago and we duly fitted them to the transom hand tightening them to the top threads with no force at all. BUT when we try to remove them they are solid and the only way to turn them was with a wrench or set of ring spanners attached.

Even this took all of our force and we got one out to within 3 or 4 threads and predictably it then sheared, just shows the amount of force we had to use on a stainless bolt!

The other one I have left in situ as it too is jammed solid.

One of the guys is head of powertrain at Landrover and he was there to confirm that there was no way the threads were crossed and in his opinion it would be almost impossible to cross thread due to the way the threaded insert is constructed.

So I have to ring Barnet marine tomorrow and have the boat in the car with one leg still attached.

Questions - is this a known issue? did I do something wrong? what do you think their reaction will be?

PS the wheels have never been on the boat before and therefore are completely unused.
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Old 15 May 2011, 06:16   #2
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Stainless steel threads are an absolute **** for galling- more info here:

Stainless Steel Galling / Locking Up / Freezing Up



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Old 15 May 2011, 06:51   #3
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oh bugger thats exactly what has happened - even though I have done them up by hand with the little crank on the end!

Do you reckon they will accept this and exchange them?
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Old 16 May 2011, 12:38   #4
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took them back and they had to snap of the remaining bolt. They tell me they will get Avon to send me a new set
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Good result !!!! Im surprised they didnt give you a replacement there and then!!
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Old 16 May 2011, 13:56   #6
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They didn't have a set in stock
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Sounds like a good result. It's not a problem that I've heard of with these wheels before so fingers crossed for next time!
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New set arrived last Friday direct from France - lots of grease and then a tentative test!

All OK :0)
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