How to Clean and Maintain a Baitcast Reel for All Anglers

A quick and easy guide to clean and maintain a baitcast reel by removing the brake cover

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How to Clean and Maintain a Baitcast Reel for All Anglers
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1
Gather the supplies that are needed.

Gather the supplies that are needed.

2
Place the reel on a soft cloth.

Place the reel on a soft cloth.

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3
Loosen the knob to free the horizontal silver pin.

Loosen the knob to free the horizontal silver pin.

4
Rotate the cover opposite of the handle downwards.

Rotate the cover opposite of the handle downwards.

5
Remove the brake cover.

Remove the brake cover.

6
Remove the spool.

Remove the spool.

7
Apply the reel cleaner to all parts of the reel (let soak for five minutes).

Apply the reel cleaner to all parts of the reel (let soak for five minutes).

8
Use the swabs to clean the reel parts as needed.

Use the swabs to clean the reel parts as needed.

9
Apply the reel grease to the main gears inside the main casing.

Apply the reel grease to the main gears inside the main casing.

10
Apply the oil to the spool bearing and frame bearing as needed.

Apply the oil to the spool bearing and frame bearing as needed.

11
Place the spool back into the main casing.

Place the spool back into the main casing.

12
Replace the cover and tighten it by rotating forward.

Replace the cover and tighten it by rotating forward.

13
Wipe the reel with the cloth to remove remaining cleaner.

Wipe the reel with the cloth to remove remaining cleaner.

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