How to Oil Shimano Reels

Written by thad wells
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Oiling your Shimano reels at least once a year can extend their lifespan. It also greatly improves the way your fishing equipment performs. You should always remember to get the schematics for your specific reel before you open your reel and attempt to oil it. If you forget where something belongs, the schematics come in quite handy. Check out the link in the Resources section to find all the schematics for the company's reels.

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  • Quality reel oil

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  1. 1

    Open your Shimano reel by turning the turnkey dial counterclockwise. This is the side plate you open to adjust the brake system.

  2. 2

    Pull the entire spool assembly out of the reel. The assembly will include the spool (which holds the line), the brake collars, and a silver shaft called a spool shaft.

  3. 3

    Put one drop of oil on each of the VBS brake collars. These are the red pegs that you adjust in and out.

  4. 4

    Place one drop of oil on the spool bearing. It is located on the inside of the side plate that swings open when you open the reel.

  5. 5

    Apply a drop of oil to the brake case. This is also located on the inside of the side plate. It surrounds the spool bearing. When you close the reel, the brake case closes around the brake collars.

  6. 6

    Place one drop of oil on the Super Free support bearing. This is the small bearing located inside the reel where the spool comes out. The support bearing sits on the outside of the big circle you see when you look down into the reel.

  7. 7

    Apply a drop of oil to the driveshaft bearing. This is the bearing from which the silver spool shaft emerged when you removed the spool.

  8. 8

    Put one drop of oil on the levelwind system. This is the long bar that rotates in the reel and allows your line to be spread evenly on your spool. This part looks like it has teeth on it.

  9. 9

    Place the spool assembly back into the spool case after you have oiled all the parts.

  10. 10

    Turn the turnkey dial clockwise to lock your Shimano reel.

Tips and warnings

  • Oil your Shimano reel over an old rag in case there is any oil spilt.
  • Do not add too much oil. You need only a single drop for each part.
  • Do not attempt to oil a reel if you don't recognise the different parts. You could damage the reel to the point where it cannot be fixed. Take the time to learn more about your reel, and read the documents that came with it when you purchased it.

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