Penn 209 repair help

Old 11-13-2014, 07:06 PM
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Default Penn 209 repair help

Picked up and old used 209 from flea market last week.

I ordered new drag washers and replaced them, along with greasing the inside of the housing.

I went to put everything back together, and the only problem I have is the spool doesn't want to spin smoothly or freely... I almost want to say the screws holding the frame of the reel together are too tight, and its restricting the spool. I've checked the worm gear and the pawl which I hear are common problems. Both are clean and working properly...

any ideas?

Old 11-13-2014, 07:11 PM
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Try loosening the knurled knob on the center of the non-handle side.
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I have a penn 209 that is like new and spins forever.. Ill sell it to you for $40 and solve all your problems
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I have 2 my dad bought that are at least 40 years old. Still good little reels. Hope you get it working properly.
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you may have too much grease in there? I know it sounds crazy, but the tolerances are so tight in reels that too much grease or any other lube may slow the reel down.
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It needs to come apart again. Something is binding.
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Originally Posted by airedog View Post
Try loosening the knurled knob on the center of the non-handle side.

What he said.

Or...the spool isn't seated into the pinion gear.

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