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Reel Maintenance
« on: October 19, 2017, 02:56:45 PM »

This question goes out to LMG or Mike Cork.

For the average angler that doesn't like to break a reel down any further than taking out the spool, what cleaning and lubing advice can you give us? I had heard to put a drop of oil on each bearing and a drop of grease on any gears. Is that correct? There are plenty of contradicting YouTube videos out there on reel maintenance that can make it confusing!
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Re: Reel Maintenance
« Reply #1 on: October 19, 2017, 03:01:09 PM »

This is correct. However, mixing certain oils and grease can have a counter effect. So just keep that in mind. If you have someone service your reels, you might want to ask them what they are using on your reels (if they will disclose that to you. And I say this because I dont give my reel grease secret away, but I will tell you what bearing oil to use.).
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Re: Reel Maintenance
« Reply #2 on: October 19, 2017, 03:32:02 PM »

Funny, LMG and I were just discussing this over text.

I use the same oil on my bearings he has used on my reels just to keep things consistent.




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Re: Reel Maintenance
« Reply #3 on: October 19, 2017, 04:51:50 PM »

How often should I add a drop of oil and grease? I was thinking every time that I change line?
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Re: Reel Maintenance
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2017, 05:42:20 PM »

Depends on many factors. What type of oil are you using. Lighter oils that make bearing performance better, require more maintenance than a thicker oil. Also, there is the variable of usage of the reel. As far as grease, the grease I use will hold up for years without needing any "additional" grease. However, there will be dirt and such that will get caught up in the grease which is why you need to remove and replace with new grease. Just adding grease does not really do anything unless it was not properly done in the first place. Reels like Lews that have a "service port" is really nothing more than a gimmick for people that have no idea of a proper service. Kinda like someone that will use the reel without a full service in its life, but rather will just "patch" it along. Those are the "tournament" types that usually replace reels every 2 years or so. Does that help explain anything? If not I can clarify more if you need in a certain area.

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« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2017, 06:28:39 PM »

Yep, that helps! Thanks LMG.
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Re: Reel Maintenance
« Reply #6 on: October 19, 2017, 06:37:11 PM »

Depends on many factors. What type of oil are you using. Lighter oils that make bearing performance better, require more maintenance than a thicker oil. Also, there is the variable of usage of the reel. As far as grease, the grease I use will hold up for years without needing any "additional" grease. However, there will be dirt and such that will get caught up in the grease which is why you need to remove and replace with new grease. Just adding grease does not really do anything unless it was not properly done in the first place. Reels like Lews that have a "service port" is really nothing more than a gimmick for people that have no idea of a proper service. Kinda like someone that will use the reel without a full service in its life, but rather will just "patch" it along. Those are the "tournament" types that usually replace reels every 2 years or so. Does that help explain anything? If not I can clarify more if you need in a certain area.

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I would like to know about this service port deal. So some reels have the service port and they come with oil. Like lews. Lews comes with its own oil bottle. At least the lews I have did. Where does this service port lead? Does it lead to the gears? If so are they using oil in their gears and expect you to oil your gears regularly since oil and grease are different?
Or does the service port lead to one of the bearings so that you "never have to take it out"

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Re: Reel Maintenance
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2017, 07:37:06 PM »

I would like to know about this service port deal. So some reels have the service port and they come with oil. Like lews. Lews comes with its own oil bottle. At least the lews I have did. Where does this service port lead? Does it lead to the gears? If so are they using oil in their gears and expect you to oil your gears regularly since oil and grease are different?
Or does the service port lead to one of the bearings so that you "never have to take it out"
The service port of these reels leads to the gears, and they are located at the bottom of the gear box. Alot of manufacturers lead people to believe that they are to add oil to the gears. At least that is what i have seen in some of the papers that come with some reels. Most reels that you buy, like Shimano and Daiwa will come with a small bottle of oil. This oil is for the bearings. In the instructions, some may show that they are motioning to add to gears, but that is not a good idea. Again, most people dont know what is the proper way to service reels, and a lot of the maintenance papers are misinforming.

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Re: Reel Maintenance
« Reply #8 on: October 24, 2017, 08:41:05 AM »

LgMouth is all over this, the only thing I will add is that adding oil through the service port to your gears is also putting oil on your drag system. This will ruin most drag washers and require a rebuild of the drag system in a very short time.

I tell all my customers to never open the port. If their reel has trouble bring it to me and we'll take a look.
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Re: Reel Maintenance
« Reply #9 on: October 24, 2017, 08:47:24 AM »

Thanks LMG and Mike.

That makes sense, I would also think adding oil to gears that have grease would not be a good thing. I've never used the service port just because I always had a hunch it lead to gears. Common sense tells me that's not something I want to be doing.
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