Fishing QuestionsCategory: Fishing Reel FAQHow to clean fishing reel bearings?
Bernard Anderson asked 6 months ago
Fishing reel bearing maintenance installation?

6 Answers
Wilson answered 6 months ago
Cleaning fishing reel bearings is a relatively simple process that can be done at home with just a few supplies. You will need a fishing reel, some fishing line, a toothbrush, and some soap. Start by taking your fishing reel apart and removing the bearings. Next, soak the bearings in soapy water for about 15 minutes. After soaking, use the toothbrush to scrub the bearings clean. Rinse the bearings off and dry them before putting them back in your fishing reel.

David answered 6 months ago
Fishing reel bearings should be cleaned regularly to keep them in good condition. To clean the bearings, first, remove them from the reel. Then, using a brush and some mild soap, scrub the bearings clean. Rinse the bearings with fresh water and dry them before reassembling the reel.
This process should be repeated every few months to keep your fishing reel bearings in good condition. If you have any further questions about fishing, feel free to ask in the comments section below!

Alex – ProFisherman Staff answered 5 months ago
Fishing reel bearings can be cleaned with light oil, such as sewing machine oil or 3-in-1 oil. Apply the oil to a cloth, then rub it into the bearings. You may also need to clean the gears and shafts with light grease.

Bernard answered 5 months ago
First, remove the reel cover and check to see if there is any built-up dirt or grime on the spindle or bearings. If there is, you can clean it off with a cotton swab dipped in some light oil.
Next, hold the reel and spin the spindle. If it feels rough or difficult to spin, the bearings may be dirty and need to be cleaned. To do this, you’ll need some bearing cleaning solvent (available at most tackle shops) and a small brush. Soak the bearings in solvent for a few minutes, then scrub them with the brush until they’re clean. Rinse them off with fresh water and dry them off before replacing them in the reel. Reinstall the reel cover and you’re good to go!
If you notice that the gears are also dirty, you can clean them with a toothbrush dipped in some light grease. Just be sure to wipe off any excess grease before fishing. Otherwise, it could attract dirt and grime, which will make the gears even dirtier!


Carlos answered 5 months ago
It is important to clean fishing reel bearings regularly to ensure smooth operation and to prevent corrosion. Here is a method that can be used:

1. Disassemble the reel and remove the bearings

2. Soak the bearings in kerosene or diesel fuel for 30 minutes

3. Remove the bearings from the solvent and scrub them with a wire brush until they are clean

4. Reinstall the cleaned bearings and reassemble the reel.

Martin Staff answered 5 months ago
It’s important to clean fishing reel bearings regularly in order to prolong their life and ensure smooth operation. There are a few different ways to do this, but the most common is to use a solvent such as kerosene or mineral spirits.

First, remove the reel from the rod and loosen the screws that hold the cover in place. Be careful not to lose any of the little screws or springs! Once the cover is off, you’ll be able to see the bearings.

Carefully pour a small amount of solvent over each bearing and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use a toothbrush or other small brush to scrub them clean. Rinse them with water and reassemble the reel. It’s also a good idea to apply a light coat of oil to the bearings before putting the cover back on. This will help prevent corrosion.