How to Take Apart a Zebco Reel

How to Take Apart a Zebco ReelZebco reels are closed face spin casting reels which are designed to take much of the worry and stress out of fishing. By completely enclosing the spool and fishing line, Zebco reels design prevents back lashes and potential line twist tangles associated with bait cast and spinning reels. As with any other reel, it will be necessary to periodically disassemble the reel for routine cleaning and maintenance.


Difficulty: Moderate

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • Zebco reel
  • Multi purpose oil such as WD-40
Step 1
Unscrew the large cover on the front of the reel through which the line passes. This will be done by unscrewing the cover in a counter clock wise motion. Remove the cover and set aside. Pull the back cover of the reel from the reel body with a firm pulling motion.
Step 2
Remove the retaining nut from the handle by turning it in a counter clock wise motion. With the nut removed, pull the handle from the reel body.
Step 3
Unscrew the retaining nut from the housing on the front of the reel. This is both a cover for the spool as well as part of the winding mechanism. Use a firm grip to pull this part from the reel. The spool will then be exposed.
Step 4
Unscrew the drag adjuster, which is star shaped, by turning in a counter clock wise motion. With the drag control removed, also slide the spring and washer from the rod which extends through the body of the reel.
Step 5
Pull the threaded rod, which extends through the body of the reel, from the left side. This will consist of a sleeve, gear and mounting rod. The reel is now disassembled for cleaning.

Tips & Warnings

Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the retaining nuts if needed.
Use a small diameter tube, which is often sold with WD-40, to direct the product to small parts which may be hard to reach.
Use care when disassembling any reel as there may be parts which could potentially cause a cut or abrasion.
Also take care to keep all parts together in a cup or bowl to avoid loosing them.

Article Written By Tara Dooley

Tara Dooley has written for various websites since 2008. She has worked as an accountant, after-school director and retail manager in various locations. Dooley holds a Bachelor of Science in business management and finance.

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