How to Oil a Zebco Fishing Reel

How to Oil a Zebco Fishing Reel
Mention the word Zebco and for many people it is a reminder of lazy summer afternoons along a pond or stream spent fishing for pan fish or trout. Zebco reels are lightweight, dependable, easy to use and durable. Often the first choice for new anglers as well as old pros, Zebco reels may periodically require some minor maintenance due to everyday use. Lubricating the reel is required from time to time to help ensure the continued smooth operation of the reel.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Quality reel oil
  • Old rag
Step 1
Apply one or two drops of quality reel oil to the knobs on the handle of the reel. Allow the oil to penetrate the pivot of the knobs and turn a few times to ensure they are properly lubricated.
Step 2
Locate the spool release button at the top rear of the reel. Place a drop of oil along both sides, the top and underneath the release button. Allow the oil to work into the spool release assembly. Press the button several times to work the oil into the internal assembly.
Step 3
Remove the spool cover from the front of the reel. Turn the cover to the left to disengage and remove it from the reel. Inspect the spool housing for signs of damage and wipe away any debris with a rag.
Step 4
Apply a drop of oil to the line pickup pin. This is the small pin that engages to wind the line and disengages to allow the line to spool from the reel.
Step 5
Turn the spool of the reel by hand listening for any rough sounds. Also pay attention to any vibration produced by turning the reel that may indicate that the reel should be referred to a trained technician. Apply a drop or two of oil to the base of the spool assembly as well as other pivot or mounting points inside the spool housing.

Tips & Warnings

Use a lightweight, quality oil that is specifically made for fishing reel use. Heavy oils may tend to clog the workings of the reel.
A light oiling is usually all that is required. Opening the body of the reel may void the warranty. The reel should be referred to a service center for more in-depth lubricating.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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