A Guide on How to Fix Anti-Reverse on Spinning Reel

By John Andrews | Blog

How to fix anti reverse on a spinning reel

The reel of a fishing tackle is designed to cast out the line and retrieve it through the handle and spool.

Many of the later models of fishing reels have an anti-reverse lever or clutch. This mechanism allows for the fishing reel to be spun in both ways.

Have you ever come across glitches with the anti-reverse of your spinning reel? Do you have an idea how to troubleshoot after diagnosing what may be wrong?

If not, then this article can be of help. We will be discussing how to fix anti-reverse on spinning reel of your fishing tackle.

the spring within the spinning reel is jostled and will need to be put back onto its correct position

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How to Fix Anti-Reverse on Spinning Reel: A Gist

However, there are instances when this anti-reverse mechanism is pushed or moved, which causes it to be spun in only one direction. That should never be the case of an anti-reverse lever functioning normally.

Repairing this glitch in the anti-reverse on a spinning reel will have to be done by releasing the clutch or lever so as to allow it to move freely again. You can start the repair with checking what may be the more common issues or fixes first. Otherwise, there may be other anti-reverse problems which you will need to get more deeply into and diagnose.

How to Fix Anti-Reverse on Spinning Reel: The Two Most Common Problems

Anti-Reverse Clutch Problem Number One: The Spring Within the Spinning Reel Is Jostled and Will Need to Be Put Back onto Its Correct Position.

Disassembly of the spinning reel. First off, you have to disassemble your spinning reel and take out its certain specific parts. As you do so, it is important to remember which part should be appropriately placed where. Recalling the positions of the parts on the reel will make it easier for you to put them back together after troubleshooting the issue of the spring within the spinning reel.

Turn the knob until it comes off the reel and loosen it all the way until it comes off. Thereafter, pull the spool off. This will be followed by the gear, then the ring and then the stopper screw. The stopper screw will have to be taken out first so you will be able to take out the knot which is secured under the stopper screw.

You will then notice an extra stopper screw or washer which goes around the knot. This extra stopper screen holds the knot even sturdier and keeps it from slipping. Simply pull it out just like you did with the gear, the ring, and the first stopper screw. You can then unscrew the knot and slide it off all the way.

Testing the anti-reverse lever. You can attempt flipping the anti-reverse clutch. However, if it still proves to not work, then it must be the spring and you will notice it if you look more closely.

The spring within the spinning reel is jostled and will need to be put back into its correct position.

It is a very little and very short spring. What you have to do then is to thread the spring back into its downward position. You can try and use a tiny push pin to do this until the little spring finds the loop and connects back onto the loop where it is supposed to be to function normally.

Now try if the anti-reverse clutch is flipping in both ways. If it does, then the problem has been with the spring all along.

Reassembly of the spinning reel. The process will be the exact opposite of the disassembly of the spinning reel.

Therefore, the knot goes back in first. Note that there are two sides of the knot. Be sure the flat edge will be facing down while the beveled edge will be facing upward. Otherwise, the knot will only slide off. Screw the knot in place with a screwdriver.

Then the gears slide back on, followed by the spool. Then you are done.

This is one way on how to fix anti-reverse on spinning reel.

Anti-Reverse Clutch Problem Number Two: The Hammer Piece of the Anti-Reverse Gets Caught on the Latching Gear.

the hammer piece of the anti-reverse gets caught on the latching gear

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This is a little more difficult to diagnose compared with the previous anti-reverse issue and is a more complex assembly.

Disassembly of the spinning reel. Perform the exact same process explained in one of the previous sections in order to take apart the parts of the spinning reel.

The glitch with the latching gear. You will see that the switch may actually be working. However, when you flip the switch, the hammer piece of the anti-reverse gets caught on the latching gear. This is where you do the troubleshooting.

Take out the gear and you will notice the bushing inside it, i.e., the bright silver ring within the gear. This bushing or ring is slipping from the teeth of the gear.

The solution. What you have to do next is to completely slide the bushing or ring off the teeth of the gear and put it permanently back on with the use of an adhesive coating. Note that you should not overdo the use of the coating. A little amount will do the job of affixing the bushing or ring into the gear. Leave it for 24 hours before putting back together in the spinning reel to guarantee the adhesion of the bushing or ring to the gear.

Testing the anti-reverse lever. After the bushing or ring is secure within the gear, put the latching gear back on. Try to work the anti-reverse and see if the latching gear still catches the hammer piece of the anti-reverse clutch. If it no longer does, then you have been successful at your anti-reverse troubleshooting.

After the effective troubleshooting of the second possible issue with your anti-reverse lever, reassemble the spinning reel, putting back together the pieces accordingly in reverse of the process of taking them apart.

This is another way on how to fix anti-reverse on spinning reel.

Is your diagnosis of the glitch in the anti-reverse on the spinning reel of your tackle not part of what has been discussed above? Is the anti-reverse itself the problem? Is it in any way broken or cracked? Then the anti-reverse may need to be replaced with a new one.

For now, you can use this article as a simple guide in trying to at least diagnose what may be causing the malfunctioning of the anti-reverse clutch on your spinning reel. In this way, you will have an idea on how to fix anti-reverse on spinning reel.

About the Author

John is the wisest member of our team since he's the oldest person here. He has gathered lots of tips and tricks throughout his 35-year angling career. His love for angling has led him to join our team because he wants to share his wisdom with others. Back in the day, he had to visit locations around the country and speak to many anglers to get more information about angling and now he wants to share it online. He doesn't fish as much as he used to, but his passion for angling is ever present.

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