Post by striperjohn on Sept 13, 2015 7:13:03 GMT -5
Couple things to add on about cleaning all Ambassadours. I clean mine thoroughly, similar to the video, every three years. Every winter I break them down into three sections, right side, left side, and spool/line guide worm gear and clean and re-lube. Every three years replace the line pawl as it is a 3.00 part, but when it starts to go bad it takes the worm gear with it which is 30-40.00 dollars. This next thing is vital in upkeep of just about any type of fishing reel, when they have been in your boat during a heavy rain, then you need to re-lube the worm gear, line guides, spool and handle asap. A heavy rain will remove the oil and at the very least will water down your lubrication. I have 18 6500s, many of them are older then most guys on this forum, and I have replaced only 4 worm gears, 4 drag washers and numerous line pawls over the years, so this works. Just an fyi a buddy of mine fishes spinning reels and when he has them standing vertical in rod holders during a heavy rain he learned they will get almost all the lube outside and inside washed off, or minimally water weakened. So they need to be re-lubed asap as well.
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Post by formula180 on Sept 13, 2015 10:38:45 GMT -5
I have replaced the pawl with a ceramic one from Mikes Reels. It will be interesting to see how well they hold up. All my Garcia reels are 7000 series. I recently bought three new ones of the early Swedish version.
I don't fish in the rain but I could see how the water could dilute or wash away the oil. The worst case was loaning one of my rod/reels to a friend for his father. He must have gone swimming with rod/reel. It had sand inside and no oil. I had to replace one of the gears and learned a lesson not to loan out my equipment.