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How do I know if the bearings in a used centerpin need replacing or if its another issue

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#1 BigT555


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Posted 29 June 2018 - 08:19 AM

Hi folks,  


Bought a used Islander steelheader the other week, and it seems to be in good condition other than the spin time is only a minute or so (whereas my buddy has the same reel that spins for 5 min or so) and when it spins its fairly loud 


Is this a sign my bearings need to be switched out?  I did a thorough clean already, part of me is worried its a bigger issue but I dont want to spend the money to send it to BC if I don't have to.... 


If I go for a bearing replacement, should I send it in or is replacing them yourself easy enough?

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#2 staffman


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Posted 29 June 2018 - 08:40 AM

Clean any grease you or the former owner may have put in it, then try it again . Grease is the enemy of CP reels. If you still feel you want to change bearings contact Jim at centerpinangling.com and have him change the bearings for you.

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#3 fishfreek



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Posted 29 June 2018 - 07:12 PM

Centrepin reels are not that complex. Take the cover off give her a nice clean as mentioned above add some oil and give her a spin.
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