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Oil for bearings and grease for gears... Correct? 

 

Sorry for stupid questions using my maintenence background this makes sense 

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Generally, yes.  I have some reels that I pack knob bearings with grease to keep them smooth and prevent spinning excessively.  One part I use oil on is the worm gear for the level wind.  Grease attracts and holds too much grime.  If it gets dirty in there, it's okay to flush it with light oil.

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Not a stupid question at all.   While reading a recent reel maintenance thread yesterday, I thought that a comprehensive thread, or even article is overdue.  The couple of articles that I've found don't answer many common questions....professional opinions or answers to some basic questions can be challenging to come by;

Suggested maintenance: each time out; couple/few times a season; annually; every couple years...with details for both baitcasting and spinning; special care after rain, freeze, sand, submerging, salt water use, etc..

Lube vs. Grease -- differences in composition; recommended brands; where to apply and when; greases or lubes that are actually harmful to a reel.....

Maybe suggested maintenance for engineers who want to break down a reel completely vs maintenance for people like me who have trouble operating a screwdriver, etc.

 

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1 minute ago, Choporoz said:

The couple of articles that I've found don't answer many common questions....professional opinions or answers to some basic questions can be challenging to come by;

There's no right answer - much depends on the application, along with some VERY passionate opinions on how to do it properly.  I've tried to write one a few times.  Not an easy task.

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My spinning reel was getting a little rough when reeling in, poke up a oil grease combo set and put some grease on the reel gear. Seemed like that had done the trick but I'm pulling up to the lake now so I'll test it out 

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Spinning reels are very different than a bait casting reel regarding lubrication because they don't rely on free turning spools to cast. You only need to lubricate the drive shaft,shaft bearing and gear with light weight reel grease, the cranking knob with light reel oil. Binding could be a result of a bad shaft bearing or bent drive/spool shaft.

A good reel repair service like site sponsor DVT can help you if the lube doesn't fix the problem.

Tom

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Whoops!  I got a used Citica E off the 'Bay and the freespool/retrieve wasn't super smooth.  Instead of getting it serviced I took some Ardent Reel Butter Oil and squirted it on pretty much every moving part.  I took out the spool and squirted some where the handle/gears are as well.  I haven't used it yet but when I put it back together everything felt like it was sprayed with WD40 and the freespool would spin forever.  Did I make a mistake here?

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1 minute ago, blckshirt98 said:

Did I make a mistake here?

More like used a band aid when you could probably used a couple stitches.  You aren't ruining anything, but it might not be a long lasting solution.  Many reels come from the factory greased up this way.  A deep clean frees things up, adds start up speed and smoothness.

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Lubrication is lubrication.  But one problem is that oil tends to migrate away from where you put it while grease tends to stay where you put it.  So parts like the gears that undergo a lot of rotation and force will sling off an oil pretty quickly but will stay lubricated and smooth longer with a sparing coating of grease.  I think whoever cleans the reel properly next time will have a lot of cleaning to do before lubricating the reel.  Just shooting lots of lubricant into the reel is not the best way to optimize its performance.  It leaves dirty lubricant containing metal particles to eventually gum things up and increase wear.  But that's better than no lubrication.

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On a side note when taking apart the reel, I couldn't help but notice there wasn't any sort of gasket to try to prevent water from getting in the reel, if for some reason it was submerged. Why is that? 

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There should actually be vent holes in the bottom, back of the reel to let water out.  Most are NOT sealed.

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