Shimano Spinning Reel Maintenance

Shimano Spinning Reel Maintenance
It is necessary from time to time to perform routine maintenance on Shimano spinning reels to ensure both their performance and longevity. Basic maintenance should be routinely performed and requires only a few basic essentials, which may often be found around the home.
 

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Shimano spinning reel Clean cloth Water with mild detergent Degreaser Small bristle brush Cotton swab Multi-purpose lubricant or reel lube
  • Shimano spinning reel
  • Clean cloth
  • Water with mild detergent
  • Degreaser
  • Small bristle brush
  • Cotton swab
  • Multi-purpose lubricant or reel lube
 
Step 1
Wipe down the entire surface of the reel using a clean cloth and mild soapy water. This will help to remove any minor dirt and debris. Use another cloth with water only to remove the soap and then dry with a clean cloth.
Step 2
Apply degreaser to any stubborn spots of dirt or grime which the soapy solution did not remove. Use a small bristle brush to help break down stubborn stains. Wipe clean with a cloth.
Step 3
Remove the handle assembly from the reel by either turning the reel to unscrew it from the body of the reel or by loosening a retaining screw on the opposite side of the handle. Completely remove the handle assembly from the reel body.
Step 4
Use a cotton swab with degreaser to reach into the body of the reel and wipe away any old oil and debris. Apply a thin coating of lubricant to the interior of the reel body. Attach the handle assembly to the reel body and tighten.
Step 5
Wipe the bail wire and spool completely to remove dirt, grime, and scum. Scum from the water may accumulate as the line is wound onto the spool. While soapy water will usually remove the dirt and scum, it may be necessary to apply a small amount of degreaser. Make sure to wipe clean.
Step 6
Unscrew the retaining knob holding the spool onto the reel. Remove the spool and thoroughly clean any gearing, levers, and other parts of the reel found underneath the spool assembly. Use the small bristle brush to reach small spaces. Apply a small coating of lubricant and reassemble the spool onto the reel.
 

Tips & Warnings

 
Lubricants such as WD-40 are OK to use, although many anglers prefer specialty lubes such as "Hot Sauce" and even Mobile 1 synthetic oil.
 
Use caution when working with the reel to avoid sharp edges, which can cause cuts. Take care when using degreaser chemicals and lubricants.

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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