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BAITCAST REEL MAINTENANCE Spincast Reels | Spinning Reels
Basic Maintenance
After a day's fishing, wipe down the reel with a damp cloth. Light oil should be applied to handle knob rivets, on each end of the spool shaft and the part of the spool shaft that passes through the pinion gear.

Detail Maintenance
Approximately once a year (depending on use) the reel should be thoroughly cleaned and relubricated. If you do not feel comfortable doing this, send the reel to the nearest authorized Zebco Service Center.

Saltwater Maintenance
After each fishing trip, remove the spool and soak in fresh water, thoroughly rinse the reel body with a light spray of fresh water. Thorough cleaning after each saltwater trip is very important to the life and dependability of your reel. The reason for this is that every time saltwater gets on the reel and dries, it leaves a microscopic coating of "crystalline" salt residue. This salt coating will not only attack the components in the reel but will create the same wearing and / or binding effect as sand or dirt.

After the saltwater and saltwater residue is rinsed from the reel, use a clean dry cloth to remove the excess water from the reel and spool. Then, using a good quality lubricant that contains "corrosion inhibitors," apply a light coating on the reel. We recommend using products designed for fishing reels.

Lubrication
The following points document the proper maintenance guidelines that should be used for all Spinning reels:

• Your reel has been designed to provide years of dependable performance when properly maintained and lubricated.

• Be sure to exercise care when applying oil and grease and use only small amounts of each when lubricating, as excess is unnecessary and can hinder performance of reel.

• The more frequent or severe the use, the more often and thoroughly a reel should be serviced. Your reel should be cleaned and re-lubed after each trip of saltwater fishing or if dropped in dirt or sand.

• Annually the reel should be professionally cleaned and lubricated by a Zebco Warranty Center or the factory. Lubrication points are as follows (some part descriptions will vary from reel to reel):
GREASE Main Gear, Pinion Gear, Pinion Yoke, Worm Shaft (light grease), Worm Gear, Release Slider, Worm Shaft Guard, Anti-Reverse ratchet (when applicable), Continuous Anti-reverse clutch sleeve (when applicable), and Bushings. OIL Spool Shaft, Spool Shaft ends, Handle Knobs (both sides), Spool Release Mechanism, Level Wind Stabilizer Bar, and Ball Bearings.

NOTE: Grease and Oil used should be a good quality, light grade product designed for fishing reels.


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