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Fixing Shimano Bail and Line Roller on Spinning Reels


Quick Fix Instructions: Spinning Reels, Bail Assembly and Line Roller Bearing Replacement


Shimano spinning reels with broken bails or loud and grinding line roller bearings are easily repaired by owners.

Models: Sustain, Stradic, Saros, Symetre, Sahara, Sedona, Sorona, Sienna, Slade, Thunnus, Baitrunner, Spheros, and most other Shimano spinning reels

Symptoms of Line Roller Bearing Problems: Loud grinding noise when retrieving line.

Diagnostic Procedure: Run a section of monofilament line back and forth on the Line Roller while suspending the reel in mid air. If there is grinding noise, then that is a good indicator that the Line Roller Bearing is either dirty, rusted, or corroded.

Tools that may be needed: Small flat head screwdriver, small Philips head screwdriver, cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol, Shimano Bantam Oil. For Thunnus or Baitrunner reels, a 2.5 mm hex wrench may be necessary to replace the bail wire.

Schematics: http://fish.shimano.com/publish/content/global_fish/en/us/index/customer_service0/Reel_Schematics.html


removing screw on reel bail

Using a small screwdriver, remove the above depicted screw. These bail assembly screws typically have thread sealant on them, so be careful not to strip them.


replace opposing screw only if replacing entire wire bail

If replacing the bail wire, remove opposite screw as well. It is not necessary to remove this screw if only a line roller bearing replacement is being performed.


careful attention to the internal parts of line roller assembly

Pay close attention as to the order of the internal parts of the line roller assembly. This order of the components vary from model to model. Refer to schematics.


clean dirt, debris and rust from all line roller components

Clean any dirt, debris, rust or corrosion on all the line roller components.


reassemble the line roller if replacing the bail wire

If changing the bail wire, reassemble the components of the line roller.


attach new bail first with screw opposite of the line roller

If changing the bail assembly, attach the new bail first with screw opposite of the line roller assembly first.


reassemble line roller and components onto bail wire assembly

Reassemble line roller and components onto bail wire assembly. Add Shimano Bantam Oil to the line roller bearing to help keep it properly lubricated. Oiling after use, especially in saltwater is a good way to maintain the line roller assembly.


replacement of line roller bearing

Replacement of line roller bearing and/or bail assembly is now complete.


diagnostic to ensure proper repair

Use the diagnostic procedure to ensure that the repair has been properly performed.


Got problems? Call Shimano Customer Service at 1-877-577-0600.




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