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so I have had my curado k for 7 months now and have always felt some side to side play in the handle where the handle meets the body of the reel. not sure if this is a problem. when I reel fast enough the handle makes a clacking  noise against the reel. also if i pull on the handle in the opposite direction of the reel it also makes the clacking noise. I have no Idea what all the parts are called because I am newer to bait casting gear. so is this a problem? is it an easy fix? or will I even need to get a professional to check it out and fix it? 

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Easy fix, take off the little black screw on the handle nut cover and get a (9/10mm?) socket and tighten the nut until you feel no side to side play.

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22 minutes ago, TylerT123 said:

Easy fix, take off the little black screw on the handle nut cover and get a (9/10mm?) socket and tighten the nut until you feel no side to side play.

did you have this problemo?

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1 hour ago, TylerT123 said:

Easy fix, take off the little black screw on the handle nut cover and get a (9/10mm?) socket and tighten the nut until you feel no side to side play.

so I tried what you were saying but it Is not that.... it has play behind the drag star on the part that goes into the reel.

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I don't think I should worry about it though the reel is still butter smooth.

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1 hour ago, E-DOG said:

did you have this problemo?

Yes, did you tighten the nut? The handle shouldn’t wiggle if you tighten it enough.

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3 hours ago, E-DOG said:

so I have had my curado k for 7 months now and have always felt some side to side play in the handle where the handle meets the body of the reel. not sure if this is a problem. when I reel fast enough the handle makes a clacking  noise against the reel. also if i pull on the handle in the opposite direction of the reel it also makes the clacking noise. I have no Idea what all the parts are called because I am newer to bait casting gear. so is this a problem? is it an easy fix? or will I even need to get a professional to check it out and fix it? 

Tightening your handle nut only tightens the handle to the drive shaft, it does not pull EVERYTHING tight, just crushes your handle. Brian.

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don't crank down on the nut /w a wrench. Shimano reels are notorious for having a little in and out handle play. It's normal. Some people notice it more than others and some don't even notice it at all. You're good bud. 

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1 hour ago, a1712 said:

Tightening your handle nut only tightens the handle to the drive shaft, it does not pull EVERYTHING tight, just crushes your handle. Brian.

It worked for me when I took my reel apart, I tightened the nut and there wasn’t any side to side play.

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22 minutes ago, TylerT123 said:

It worked for me when I took my reel apart, I tightened the nut and there wasn’t any side to side play.

Then your handle was loose. The only thing the handle nut does is hold the handle on. Brian.

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3 hours ago, iabass8 said:

don't crank down on the nut /w a wrench. Shimano reels are notorious for having a little in and out handle play. It's normal. Some people notice it more than others and some don't even notice it at all. You're good bud. 

I'm not too worried anymore.

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Answer # 1: That's normal with most reels, nothing to worry about

 

Answer #2:  Most reels will have some lateral play in the drive shaft assembly, which manifests as clicking or motion at the handle when cranking quickly, particularly under little or no load. Bad cranking technique will accentuate it, as will wear in the reel. Usually not a problem. If you have access to ridiculously thin washers of the right diameter and opening, you can fine tune it, but then one runs the risk of binding.

 

(Alexa, what does answer hashtag 1: mean?) :) 

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Totally normal for a Curado, actually all the way up to the Chronarch even a tad in the Metanium.  Good news is I only notice it when I'm reeling way too fast and in no way normal fishing conditions.

 

I break down my reels a couple times a year and found the culprit.  At the bottom of the drive gear where it is attached to the frame is a small bearing that has a bit of play (which is what you're feeling)  I've talked to a respected reel technician about it and it's the way they are designed and any playing around could affect the overall performance, and more importantly longevity of the bearing.  I've thought about buying one of the thin copper washers that separates the drag washers from the drive bearing and placing it underneath to eliminate the play but quickly ditched the idea realizing I'd probably be burning through them as well as damaging the bearing.  

 

 

 

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9 hours ago, reason said:

Answer # 1: That's normal with most reels, nothing to worry about

 

Answer #2:  Most reels will have some lateral play in the drive shaft assembly, which manifests as clicking or motion at the handle when cranking quickly, particularly under little or no load. Bad cranking technique will accentuate it, as will wear in the reel. Usually not a problem. If you have access to ridiculously thin washers of the right diameter and opening, you can fine tune it, but then one runs the risk of binding.

 

(Alexa, what does answer hashtag 1: mean?) :) 

you are right, add weight to the end of your line and reel and you feel nothing wrong

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