Quick Fix Instructions- Round Baitcasting Reel Drag Washer and Roller Clutch Bearing Replacement
Shimano round baitcasting reel drags and roller clutch bearings are easily replaced by the consumer.
Models: Calcutta and Calcutta B Series (excluding CT400 and CT700 sizes)
Symptoms of Drag malfunction: Jerky drag, no drag pressure, no drag range
Symptoms of Anti-Reverse malfunction: Handle spins backwards on hookset or with line pressure.
Diagnostic Procedure for Anti-reverse: Spin the handle rapidly and quickly depress the clutch bar. If the handle does not stop immediately upon depression of the clutch bar, then that is a good indicator that the anti-reverse is in need of replacement.
Diagnostic Procedure for Drags: With the reel in gear, pull line out with your hand. The line should come off the spool with little or no start-up hesitation or jerkiness. In other words, if it is not "smooth", the drag washer should either be serviced or replaced.
Tools that may be needed: Small flat head screwdriver, small Philips head screwdriver, 10mm nutdriver or crescent wrench, cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol, Shimano Bantam Oil, Shimano Drag Grease.
Loosen thumb screws and remove side
plate. Note: When closing, never over
torque thumbscrews with a screwdriver,
as they will break.
Use a small screwdriver to remove handle
nut plate, handle nut and side plate
screws. Back-off star drag and remove
Sideplate is now ready for removal. Be
careful not to drop or lose the yoke
springs as they are hard to find!
If changing anti-reverse roller clutch
bearing, use a 10mm nutdriver to dislodge
it from the sideplate.
If only changing the drag, skip this step
as well as the next two steps.
With the old roller clutch bearing out,
clean off any debris, rust or excess grease.
The new bearing is now ready to be installed
as shown above.
NOTE: Left hand reels will have the
bearing reversed from above!
The roller clutch inner tube should be
installed with the prongs facing down
toward the metal drag plate. Use a cotton
swab to apply a very light coat of Bantam
Oil on the outside of the inner tube
and to the inside of the roller bearing.
Remove the metal drag plate to expose the
drag washer. On older Calcutta models,
the drag washers are made of a fabric material.
The Calcutta B drags are Dartanium
(carbon like material). Dartanium drags are
very fragile, so take extra caution not to
break them! Clean inside of drive gear and
drag plate with cotton swabs and alcohol.
Grease Dartanium drags with a light coat
of Shimano Drag Grease.
The old style fabric drags will require
more grease than Dartanium drags.
More grease= smoother drag.
Less grease= more drag pressure. Excessive
grease will yield insufficient drag
Important: When re-installing the sideplate,
make sure that the clutch bar is
held in the "up" position, otherwise, the
clutch won't work. Run the Diagnostic
Procedures again to ensure proper function
of the anti-reverse and/or drag.