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Old 05-20-2011, 02:06 AM
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I cracked into an old 650 SS and the grease was completely dried. I live 5 minutes from West Marine (walking) and can get marine grease. How do I get rid of the old grease? Is it going to be a painful and frustrating experience?
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:09 AM
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Shouldn't be, it's a very simple reel

Download and print a schematic

Take the reel apart
Place the parts in a bowl of naptha / lighter fluid (same thing)
Dig out any buildup in the reel body with a popsicle stick and some q tips
Scrape and scrub the parts clean, an old firm toothbrush works best

Oil the bearing

Pick up a container of Corrosion Block marine grease at West marine and put the reel back together filling the entire body with the grease as you go - you want a little to squeeze out as you screw the sideplate back on.

Reel is now completely waterproof and ready for the toughest wettest abuse you can put it through. My 650 used to fish Montauk where it would spend a ridiculous amount of time underwater.

If this is a reel that never gets wet, bait, boat.... you can save a few bucks and use a different less expensive grease and not pack the reel. In this case you'll need a stickier grease than Corrosion Block. Yamaha Yamalube Marine Grease is a good choice for that.
Just be sure that all the inside surfaces have a thin film and there's a decent amount on any moving parts.
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Old 05-20-2011, 11:11 AM
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You could also use the Yamalube to pack the reel but I've found that the stickier greases tend to get tight in cold weather - and a tight reeling fishing reel annoys the crap out of me
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Default Re: Regreasing my Penn

It is also more difficult to pick up taps when you have a lot of resistance in the crank.
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I use ZEP Degreaser. Can be found @ Home Depot in spray bottle, spray it on, wait five minutes, rinse it off.
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