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I have had my Daiwas Tatula for about a year and a half and last month it started making a grinding sound whenever I cast. The reel still works but I know there is something wrong with it that I want to fix. I have taken it all the way apart and greased the gears, oiled parts of the reel, and cleaned up dirt on the reel. I have done this twice and it is still making the same noise. Has this ever happened to you? Do you know what could be wrong with it? How would I go about fixing this?

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Likely a spool bearing that is bad or in need of cleaning.

To fix, try soaking the spool bearings in simple green or lighter fluid. Spin them dry and listen for a grinding noise. If you hear a grinding noise, try to soak the bearing again. 

If you can't get the bearing to run smooth I recommend looking into Boca Bearings for a replacement set. 

 

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Here are several alternatives for you. One is to check with a local tackle shop and see if someone nearby repairs reels.  Second choice is to send it to out board sponsor Delaware Valley Tackle.  Third is to contact Diawa in California. I have a friend in VA that regularly sends reels out to them to be cleaned, greased, and repaired.  I am sure one of these options will solve it. To me is sounds like a bearing issue beginning. If so not too big a deal. Depending on what they find, maybe there are some hot rod updates they can do (upgraded bearings, drag components etc.) and the reel may come back better than original.

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7 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Here are several alternatives for you. One is to check with a local tackle shop and see if someone nearby repairs reels.  Second choice is to send it to out board sponsor Delaware Valley Tackle.  Third is to contact Diawa in California. I have a friend in VA that regularly sends reels out to them to be cleaned, greased, and repaired.  I am sure one of these options will solve it. To me is sounds like a bearing issue beginning. If so not too big a deal. Depending on what they find, maybe there are some hot rod updates they can do (upgraded bearings, drag components etc.) and the reel may come back better than original.

That's what I would like to do but I have a tournament August 27th and I don't want to risk not having my reel back in time. Thanks for the advice

8 hours ago, Fish4bigfish said:

Grinding while retrieving or casting? When is the sound made.

casting

7 hours ago, fishnkamp said:

Here are several alternatives for you. One is to check with a local tackle shop and see if someone nearby repairs reels.  Second choice is to send it to out board sponsor Delaware Valley Tackle.  Third is to contact Diawa in California. I have a friend in VA that regularly sends reels out to them to be cleaned, greased, and repaired.  I am sure one of these options will solve it. To me is sounds like a bearing issue beginning. If so not too big a deal. Depending on what they find, maybe there are some hot rod updates they can do (upgraded bearings, drag components etc.) and the reel may come back better than original.

I will see if that works. Thank you. 

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46 minutes ago, cmoberly said:

That's what I would like to do but I have a tournament August 27th and I don't want to risk not having my reel back in time.

Contact Bryan at Pike Road Reel Service. Mention your tournament date to him also. He will take care of you and you'll have it back in time. 

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