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!
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!
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.
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.
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