Zebco Spincast Reel Repair

Zebco Spincast Reel Repair
Zebco spincast reels are designed to be easy to use by a variety of anglers with different skill levels. From beginners to experienced fishers, Zebco reels are suited for a wide range of fishing conditions and are just plain fun. As easy as Zebco reels are to use, the design makes many repairs equally easy to accomplish. A minimum of parts combined with a simple design makes many Zebco repairs quick and easy to accomplish.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Reel oil
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Screwdriver
  • Cotton swab
  • Reel grease
Step 1
Evaluate the condition of the reel before making any repairs. Press the large spool-release button on the back of the reel and pull line from the spool. Turn the handle to retrieve the line. Observe the overall condition of the reel, looking for any obvious signs of damage.
Step 2
Open the spool cover on the front of the reel if the line is not feeding properly. Turn the cover slightly to the left and pull away from the reel body. Check the condition of the line to see if there are knots or it is excessively worn. Remove the old line and replace it with new monofilament line, if necessary. Attach the new line with a suitable pound test monofilament replacement.
Step 3
Apply a few drops of reel oil to the moving parts around the spool as well as the small line pickup pin. Also apply oil to the base of the reel handle and the spool-release button. Oftentimes a lack of proper lubrication will affect the operation of the reel. Thread line through the front spool cover and place it back on the reel body.
Step 4
Test the reel once again to see if operating problems have been resolved. If the issue seems to reside in the gears of the reel, remove the small screws holding the cover on the body of the reel. Clean old and accumulated grease from the internal gears and moving parts using a cotton swab. Apply a small amount of petroleum lubricating spray to help break down the old grease.
Step 5
Inspect the now clean gears and parts looking for damage or excessive wear. Order replacement parts or have the reel serviced if you do not feel comfortable performing this work. Apply a thin film of grease to the internal parts and replace the access cover using the screws.

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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