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    Posted: 12 October 2023 at 04:40
Hello friends,

Our 2009 400e has rarely had issues in the past with the self tacking car but recently we have done some heavy weather sailing and now the car sticks everytime we tack.

Previously easing the sheet a few cm would allow it to slide across.  We need to go forward and force it across after easing the sheet.

There is no obvious damage to the car or track but I intend to inspect the track and car more closely this weekend.   It's the car with the steel wheels running along the track.

I was hoping the community may have some tips, tricks and what to look for prior to rowing out for a look.  Maybe even some cures?

Thanks in advance,
Jeff


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Hi Jeff

Inspect the wagon and track for damage/wear.
Rinse the wheels with freesh water.
Replace old rubber stops. 

Hope that you do not have to replace anything.
But interesting problem. Please follow up when you have a solution



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Matt1 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2023 at 08:55
Dry PTFE spray could also be your friend. I always carry a can of it onboard for the mainsail track / cars and the job track
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote Ratbasher Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 12 October 2023 at 12:35
Hi Jeff - the pfeiffer cars do have a limited lifespan depending on how much they've been used in stronger winds, particularly if they've been smashed across fast a few too many times.  Its probably telling that it only became an issue after heavy weather; it would be worth looking to see if the stops are indeed worn and 'sticking' to the traveller or it might be just gunge around the wheels and track in which case very hot, soapy water followed by a rinse might help.  If not then you may need a replacement car.  Follow the link kindly provided by H8jer above and you'll see that they're not that expensive.  Regret I'm miles from the boat so can't confirm which size - but maybe somebody else could help with that.  Not a bad spare to keep onboard if you cruise decent distances anyway. 
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A little off topic, I know, but does anyone know if the self tacking traveller car on a 315 from 2007 is a size 2 or 3?
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