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I just got my first bc reel and am soon going to get another one. I looked at the articles about reel care but they did not seem to be thorough enough. I have a few questions. First off what needs to oiled, greased and lubed? And what are your favorite reel care products?

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I just got my first bc reel and am soon going to get another one. I looked at the articles about reel care but they did not seem to be thorough enough. I have a few questions. First off what needs to oiled, greased and lubed? And what are your favorite reel care products?

As a rule of thumb, put grease on the gears, and oil on the bearings.

 

A good thorough, yet quick way to clean reels is to take the reel apart completely other than the clutch mechanism, then take a toothbrush and clean the teeth of the gears (master/drive, pinion, both idle gears). Then take a paper towel and clean out the flat services, and a few cu-tips to clean the inside of the master gear, all around the pinion gear, and the inside of the idle gears. Then regrease half of the master gear, and a small amount on the idle gears and pinion gear. Clean off the flat parts of the drag washers, AR ratchet, and key washer on the paper towel, and regrease. Put all that stuff back in, and take out the spool bearings (one in non handle sideplate, usually one under CC knob, and sometimes one on spool). Flush them out with acetone, or some other solvent, either by soaking thoroghly, or by using an ultrasonic cleaner. Then reoil with 1 drop per bearing, or slightly less than that. Re-install bearings, and put everything back together.

 

This is a quick method of cleaning which works pretty good. I clean my reels once a month or more, and usually I just use this method..

 

Favorite grease is either penn's or cal's.

Favorite oil would probably be daiwa's oil.

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Use your phone or a digital camera to take pics as you disassemble the reel and lay the parts out on your work area in the order you remove them. You can use whatever cleaning liquid you have available. Simple Green or another degreasing cleanser work well if you allow your items to soak and then agitate. Be sure to rinse thouroghly and let dry.  If you use acetone or lighter fluid, a rinse isn't necessary, but may flush debris left inside bearings. 

As far as products to use, you'll get plenty of opinions. Use products designed for reel maintainance as products like WD40 and 3in1 are not designed for high speed bearings.

Above all, take your time. If you're unsure of your capabilities, have a reputable source do the work as it's cheaper than trashing a good reel.

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Alright thanks. I think I am going to get the ardent reel cleaning kit. What cleaning can I do without completely taking the reel apart?

Spool/shaft, brake race, actually not very much. The complete brake down is the only way to make sure the reel is brakeing in properly (inspection of the parts), and making sure it is good and clean of all old oils and grease before relubricating.

One thing to always remember is you should have the reel schematic infront of you whenever you open the reel for service..

 

Good Luck!   :Victory:

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It may seem complicated, but taking off the handle sideplate is extremely easy. Nothing pops out, or goes flying. Just take the pieces of the handle and drag assembly off in order and lay the out flat in a line on a towel or something else layed down on a flat surface. Then unscrew the sideplate screws, and carefully lift. If you keep the reel sitting so that the handle side is facing up, nothing will come off. I would say give it a try; you may find it very easy to do.

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Yeah I will completely take it apart but I really do not want to do it too much. I will take the side plate and spool out, and clean what I can from there.

honestly that's not going to do much for you other then wiping off the brake race and the one spool bearing IF you even take it out. Basically what I'm getting at is,it's pointless.

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Look at Glenn's video on the subject. It is good. Then you can watch the video he recommends if you want to go deeper. I just did my first and it was way easier than expected.

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As a rule of thumb, put grease on the gears, and oil on the bearings.

 

 

X2 on this

Alright thanks. I think I am going to get the ardent reel cleaning kit. What cleaning can I do without completely taking the reel apart?

 

This is a good basic cleaning kit, I have one and I've tailored it to my own liking; you will probably end up doing the same.

Spool/shaft, brake race, actually not very much. The complete brake down is the only way to make sure the reel is brakeing in properly (inspection of the parts), and making sure it is good and clean of all old oils and grease before relubricating.

One thing to always remember is you should have the reel schematic infront of you whenever you open the reel for service..

 

Good Luck!   :Victory:

.RM. Is a good person to listen too, usually very sound advice. 

 

Just remember, like the others said, when you take it apart just be sure to remember the order and positioning of the parts. Learn the basics and you will develop your own cleaning regimen with time. A little oil and grease goes a long way, too. I use the Ardent grease for gears, the Ardent bearing oil for all bearings, except the spool bearings; I use Quantum Hot Sauce for the spool bearings and high speed surface areas, again very little oil goes a long way. Good luck and have fun experimenting!

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Spool/shaft, brake race, actually not very much. The complete brake down is the only way to make sure the reel is brakeing in properly (inspection of the parts), and making sure it is good and clean of all old oils and grease before relubricating.

One thing to always remember is you should have the reel schematic infront of you whenever you open the reel for service..

 

Good Luck!   :Victory:

X2. The lube topic has been well covered, a search will provide plenty of reading. Determine whether your drag is a wet or dry system and remember that onlt special drag can be used on them, however it will work on gears as well. I still suggest a complete frame-off deep cleaning be done on some interval, maybe bi-annually if you're doing regular DIY.

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I use a waterproof grease for the gears and Remington oil for my bearings when I start taking things apart I put them on a screw driver In the order they come off I've never had a problem with mixing up parts

Tight lines

Andrew

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