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Servicing and Fixing Your Reels

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Firstly I don’t claim to be an expert at fixing reels, but if you want to give it ago its relatively easy

If you’re reading this you have completed step 1, use the internet to search for information, use sites such as Sweetwater, YouTube, Mike’s Reel Repairs (great for schematics and part numbers), Tackle Tour (reel reviews and pictures of reels being pulled apart) and reel manufactures.

You only need basic tools, in this case 10mm ring spanner, couple of jewellers screw drivers, long nose pliers, cotton buds, rag, snap lock bag (more on this later), grease, oil and cleaning solvent. 

I have been using CRC CO Contact Cleaner as it has a small tube the attaches to nozzle (tube similar to WD40) and its great for blowing grease and grime out and leaves no residue. For grease I use Carls Reel and Drag Grease and Oust Oil, “apparently” these are the best, but as I haven’t used any other brands I wouldn’t know.  Yes they are good…

Replacement part,s bearings on left for Daiwa Viento, other parts for Millionare CV-Z 253A.  These were ordered from Daiwa Australia, you can download the order form from Daiwa’s website. 

Daiwa Millionare CVZ-253A

As you strip the reel, lay the parts out in order.  Here’s a handy hint – take photos as you disassemble the reel and have a schematic handy and when the Alzheimer’s kicks in, you can look at your photos or the schematic.

Another handy hint is to pull the reel apart on an old cloth nappy or similar cloth, and then when you drop a small part it will catch it.  Otherwise, it will bounce off the bench and onto the floor, never to be found again.

Side cover removed, prior to disassembly and clean

The offending bearing and roller clutch to replaced, you can see the rust on the bearing.

Now for the snaplock bag, when you remove those small spring clips do it inside a snap lock bag.  And when the clip flies out it’s contained in the bag, otherwise get on your hands and knees and start looking on the floor

Old bearing with rust on the left, strange that it is rusting considering this reel is only used in freshwater.

Old parts on the left.

Side plate cleaned and new bearing and roller clutch installed

Need to pull the remaining parts out and clean.

After clean and partial reassemble.

Reassemble nearly complete, time to reinstall side cover

Place a dab of grease in all screw holes, helps to hold small screws in place and prevents the threads from corroding.

All done, smooth as silk and just like new. Only took 20 minutes, well it actually took longer due to taking photos

next lot of photos

And now a Team Daiwa Viento

As above, lay the parts out in order, notice the two new bearings at the bottom left.

Partial strip

Remaing parts removed to expose bearing, notice small droplets of water in centre of picture, reel hasn't been used for 2 weeks. It’s amazing how dirty the inside of a reel can get

Notice parts laid out in the correct order, including the springs and screws

Bearing replaced, parts cleaned, greased and oiled

Nearly done, just need to replace the side cover.

Side cover on, new bearing oiled and installed

All Done. Wow! It doesn’t feel like a coffee grinder any more

The work bench all clean.

PS  Don’t let the Minster for Law, Finance and Communal Affairs catch you using this as your reel service centre , otherwise you will know her as “Harvey Norman – no interest for 48 months”.  Not an issue for me, solved that problem and called the boat “Wife Swap”

Nice work and thanks for the hints and tips Earl!  :thanks

Know what you mean about SWMBO
dealing with touchy territory there!


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