Check oil level in gear case on outer side on winch (see Figure 16-9).
Unscrew oil level plug just below center line of gear case. Oil should be level with bottom of hole.
Remove gear lube access plate above oil level check hole.
Add 90 weight gear oil until it runs out of hole.
Replace oil level plug in hole.
Replace access plate.
Do not pay out anchor cable unless a weight (anchor) or force keeps cable tight. A
block cable any become twisted, tangled, and unusable. This is called
"birdcaging" because the twisted mass of cable resembles a birdcage. Severe
birdcaging can only be corrected by cutting out twisted cable and replacing with
16-21 Operating procedures with power
On anchor winch control panel (Figure 16-6), turn black ON/OFF switch ON.
Apply multipurpose, water-resistant grease (MIL-G-24139A) on anchor cable fairleader rollers prior to
Release mechanical brake (Figure 16-8).
Activate electric brake (Figure 16-7) by pushing selector knob in.
Push black FORWARD (OUT) button (Figure 16-6) to extend anchor cable. This releases internal electric
disc brake, and electric motor turns drum to pay out cable.
Push red STOP button (Figure 16-6) to stop cable. This turns off electric motor and removes power from
electric brake. Springs in electric brake automatically clamp disc brake on.
During anchor retrieval, if winch panel circuit breaker trips several times during
operation, this may indicate a wrong recovery method. Continuing to operate
winch under these conditions will damage the winch motor.
Push black IN button (Figure 16-6) to retrieve anchor cable. This release brake, and motor turns drum to
pull in anchor cable.
As cable is pulled onto drum, check condition of cable. If seriously frayed, cut, or smashed, note location
on drum and notify intermediate support maintenance unit of requirement for cable repair or replacement.
As cable is pulled onto drum, apply liberal coat of multipurpose, water-resistant grease (MIL-G-24139A)
16-22 Operating procedures without power. Anchor cables may be deployed without electrical power. However,
anchor cables cannot be retrieved unless electrical power is available.
On inner side of winch, remove brake band tightening ratchet handle from holder and place on manual
brake control ratchet (Figure 16-8). Using brake handle, tighten manual drum brake snug.
Do not operate motor with electric brake in manual release position. This
overheats and damages friction disc in brake.