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SPINNING REEL MAINTENANCE Spincast Reels | Baitcast Reels
Basic Maintenance
After a day's fishing, the spool should be removed and gently rinsed with fresh water, along with the rest of the reel. Then, dry with a soft cloth and use a few drops of light oil to lubricate the line roller, bail hinge springs, crank handle knobs and shaft, beneath the anti-reverse selector switch, and where the center shaft exits the top of the reel.

Detail Maintenance
Remove the handle, spool, rotor, side plate and crank gear, use a small brush (paint brush or toothbrush) to clean exposed parts with water and a mild detergent (such as dish washing liquid). Dry with a soft cloth then apply lubricant as suggested below.

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.

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. Lubrication points are as follows (some part descriptions will vary from reel to reel):
GREASE Crank Gear, Crank Shaft, Pinion Gear, Center Shaft Assembly, Pick-up Arm, Roller Wheel, Anti-Reverse Pawl/Ratchet, Spool Washers, Bushings.
OIL Handle Knobs (both ends), Pick-up Pin, Arm Lever (pivot), Kick Lever Mechanism, Ball Bearings, Clutch Screw, Spool Release Mechanism.

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


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