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ive searched , but it only bring back results from a month ago.  :;)

ive decided , before i upgrade the bearings in my citica d , im going to give them a good cleaning and see what that does for me. what do you guys soak them in when cleaning? they are the stock bearings if that makes a difference and they will be re-lubed with the blue Penn Oil.

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and the spring beneath the spool tension cap looks like it is held in there by a lip in the housing. is there an easy way to get that out to get to that bearing? or is that where i have to be really careful.

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brake/carb cleaner , acetone and naptha seem to be it. what about standard rubbing alcohol?

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I use naptha, lighter fluid. It's cheap and readily available.

Do not use carb cleaner or acetone in the house. they both stink up the place.

I use a shot glass with just enough naptha to cover the bearings. And put piece of cling wrap over the shot glass. keeps the smell down enough to keep the wife from complaining.

Pry the retaining spring up with a tiny screwdrive, one "joint" at a time; holding the clip down with your finger. They are easy to launch, and difficult to find.

Until you get used to removing these little spring clips, try working inside a large ziplock bag. Or, a small garbage bag. That will catch the clip, most of the time, if it decides to go for a flight around the room.

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thanks for the tips ghoti. i already planned to have something covering the reel while i pull those clips out. ive read a few stories about those things shooting off.

i do not have any naptha because i havnt unpacked my zippos yet , but that will give me a reason to pick some up.

is there any other reason not to use carb cleaner besides the smell? i can always do it outside or in the garage since they only need to sit for an hour or so , correct?

just checked and i have no carb or brake cleaner. would 80% rubbing alcohol work?

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brake/carb cleaner , acetone and naptha

I wouldn't use any of them they are cancer causing agent and bad for YOUR health and the environment. Alcohol isn't a grease cutter, I would use Simple Green (found in any Home Box Store or Birchwood Casey's Reel Scrubber Found Here..

The dis assembly of the reels bearing retainer springs in a large baggies is a great way to keep them from rocketing across the room and learning how to carefully remove them.

Good Luck & Tight Lines!!!

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after some serious net searching , i found a thread on TT where Bantam1 said -

No you can use lighter fluid or acetone or even rubbing alcohol. I don't think bleach will remove the grease or oil.

ill give it a shot to avoid a trip to the store. the bearings are not super dirty or anything , i would just like to see how they perform with fresh oil.

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well , the taking apart the reel in a large bag was one of the best tips ive ever got on this forum. i heard it shoot off and hit the bag but i even had a hard time trying to find it in there. i couldnt imagine finding it if it flew off in the room ;D.

i ended up crafting a 'bearing puller' out of a paper clip. i un-bent it into a straight line then folded in half. took some needle nose and folded both the ends 90* to make a small lip. works fantastic.

have them sitting in a shot glass with rubbing alcohol. we'll see how it goes.

just stumbled across this - http://www.rpmrcproducts.com/products/tools/fixtools.htm

seen it mentioned over on TT. looks like it might make cleaning much easier. its made for RC car bearings which i would imagine get much more dirtier than fishing reel bearings. if i ever see it in a hobby store , ill pick one up.

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I think rubbing alcohol has a bit of mineral oil added.

Not a good idea, as it will leave the mineral oil behind.

Not a good idea to mix lubes of any kind.

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thats what our shimano rep suggested on another forum. well , theyre in there now. iirc , doesnt brake and carb cleaner leave residue behind too?

either way , if they gum up in this , ill swing by the store and pick up some simple green.

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I use the BEARING BLASTER with Gumout and then soak them in Acetone and then dry the bearings with a blow dryer and add 1 drop of HOT SAUCE OIL to each warm bearing, after that I will spin them by hand.

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Remember whenever oiling a bearing to be very conservative with the oil. One small drop in the races is plenty. Add the oil drop to a spinning bearing to see the effect.

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brake/carb cleaner , acetone and naptha

I wouldn't use any of them they are cancer causing agent and bad for YOUR health and the environment. Alcohol isn't a grease cutter, I would use Simple Green (found in any Home Box Store or Birchwood Casey's Reel Scrubber Found Here..

The dis assembly of the reels bearing retainer springs in a large baggies is a great way to keep them from rocketing across the room and learning how to carefully remove them.

Good Luck & Tight Lines!!!

Birchwood Casey Reel Scrubber is 65-70% hexane, and about 5% co2. The rest is isopropyl alcohol, .

Hexane is more toxic than naphtha, and almost as toxic as acetone.

Be careful with that stuff RM. Hexane is absorbed through the skin more readily than naphtha.

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some great advice in here, I am going save this page

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