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Old 02-25-2011, 01:24 PM
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I bought a couple used Shimano Spheros 4000 spinning reels. When I got them one of the reels turned a little hard. I took it apart and the compartment was absolutely filled with grease. I assume that this is not the correct way to lubricate a reel.

What parts should be lubricated and how much grease should be applied?
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Old 02-25-2011, 07:17 PM
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Until grease is pouring out...but then again I work for a grease company

In all seriousness, for most bearings and mechanical devices a 20% fill should be enough. You want enough to leave a good film but not to create viscous drag. I would clean the reel out and fill it roughly 20% evenly spaced out and then operate the reel for several rotations and then open it back up and check the coating.
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Old 02-26-2011, 04:04 AM
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I understand what you are saying but why don't new reels come packed with grease?
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Old 02-26-2011, 09:22 PM
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Originally Posted by bluewaterseeker View Post
I understand what you are saying but why don't new reels come packed with grease?
Because too much grease hampers the ability of gears to perform smoothly-simple resistance.
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Old 02-28-2011, 03:21 PM
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Filling the compartment 20% full sounds like more than you should use in most cases, too. Usually you just want a light coating. But, don't take my word for it, google Alan Tani's website and watch a few of his reel repair videos.
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Old 02-28-2011, 06:44 PM
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The compartment was completely full on these reels! I thought this was a little over the top.
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Old 02-28-2011, 08:04 PM
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I would think any grease that you can see is not doing anything and should be eliminated. Just my opinion.
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