How to Clean a Baitcaster

How to Clean a Baitcaster
A properly maintained baitcaster reel will provide years of service. Dirt and debris on and in the reel will cause wear and tear which will eventually cause the reel to fail. Keeping the reel properly maintained will help avoid expensive repairs and ensure that the reel will perform as it should. With the high cost of baitcaster reels, spending a little time protecting your investment makes good sense.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Small screwdrivers Small nutdrivers Old toothbrush Cotton swabs Alcohol Lightweight oil Clean cotton cloth
  • Small screwdrivers
  • Small nutdrivers
  • Old toothbrush
  • Cotton swabs
  • Alcohol
  • Lightweight oil
  • Clean cotton cloth
Step 1
Remove the reel from the rod. Strip off the old line and discard. Following the manufacturer's instructions, remove the spool assembly.
Step 2
Use cotton swabs and a toothbrush dipped in alcohol to clean the exterior of the reel. Make sure all dirt and debris is removed. Pay attention to any hard-to-reach areas.
Step 3
Clean and lubricate the pinion gear and the brake collars. Inspect the collars and replace if they are worn.
Step 4
Clean the spool assembly and then inspect for serviceability. If worn, replace the assembly; otherwise lubricate the bearings.
Step 5
Clean and oil the brake case. Reinstall the spool assembly. Clean the level wind mechanism and lubricate.
Step 6
Reinstall the reel on the rod. Install line on the spool and make a few practice casts to ensure the reel is functioning properly.

Tips & Warnings

 
Always check the reel for loose and missing screws. Keep the parts list for the reel in case new parts need to be ordered.
 
Always check the reel for loose and missing screws.
 
Keep the parts list for the reel in case new parts need to be ordered.

Article Written By Daniel Ray

Daniel Ray has been writing for over 15 years. He has been published in "Florida Sportsman" magazine. He holds an FAA airframe and powerplant license and FCC radiotelephone license, and is also a licensed private pilot. He attended the University of South Florida.

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