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astonmartini03

Help - manual wedge is way too difficult to move

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astonmartini03

Our 2000 'bu has a manual wedge that is sticking like crazy. I think the bronze has a small film of rust. What's the best way to get this thing moving very easily (I have younger sisters)?

I was consider removing the wedge and filing down the arms a little bit. Also, I was going to lubricate the internal parts of the pins, and I figured that if I greased the hinges/bolts, it would come off quickly in the water.

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wienrdog

You may want to try this before sanding. The arms are only press-fit onto the cross pins & can spread slightly causing binding. Take either a wood clamp or two small hammers repress the arms back onto the pins. This has worked for me & several others here.

You can also loosen the bolts holding the top slightly. You want it tight enough so there's no slop, but loose enough so the arms move freely.

I also used some spare prop shaft grease I have from my last boat & the wedge has moved easily for the last 2 years.

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Baddog

Also do try removing the wedge and give the "hidden" surfaces a litle wire brushing, then follow with Weinrdog's grease. You will be amazed at the results.

Remember my signature: If it seems too hard, there is something wrong. Theses fixes will make it all better again.

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Lieutenant Dan

The two hammer trick worked for me (after I tried the sanding / greasing with no relief).

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WakingMeHappy

Someone else brought up this same topic not long ago. I have always used WD-40 and it has worked good. It made moving the wedge and pin easy and lasted a couple of months. In that same thread I suggested WD-40 Wake Girl suggested Teflon spray.

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Chia

Someone else brought up this same topic not long ago. I have always used WD-40 and it has worked good. It made moving the wedge and pin easy and lasted a couple of months. In that same thread I suggested WD-40 Wake Girl suggested Teflon spray.

a quick search found that topic:

trouble with manual wedge

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astonmartini03

I took the whole thing off, press fit the arms back onto the dowls (there were some gaps), lubed the pins, and now it works like magic. Thanks for the help.

a quick search found that topic:

trouble with manual wedge

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woody

You may want to try this before sanding. The arms are only press-fit onto the cross pins & can spread slightly causing binding. Take either a wood clamp or two small hammers repress the arms back onto the pins. This has worked for me & several others here.

I do this same thing every year and the wedge works great.

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glenn

I do this same thing every year and the wedge works great.

I have had the same trouble. A little WD 40 every third or fourth trip will keep it loose.

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