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Cleaning Quantum reels, or performing the maintenance necessary to keep them functioning well, requires that fishermen take the reel apart. It is not difficult to take apart bait-casting or spinning reels--both of which Quantum makes--but anglers must be certain not to lose any parts. Fishermen should do maintenance on their reels as necessary, and clean them at least once per year.
Items you will need
Locate the small screws that are on the side of the reel opposite the handle. These hold the side plate to the body of the reel. Unscrew the screws and remove the side plate.
Grab the spool assembly, which the plate covered. Remove the spool assembly from the inside of the reel.
Unscrew the screws that hold the handle of the reel to the reel itself. Pull the handle off.
Spin the drag, which is the star-shaped piece of metal, counterclockwise. Loosen it until you can pull it off the reel.
Locate any screws on the side of the reel where the handle was. Unscrew them and pull off the side plate, which will expose the inner workings of the reel.
Locate the knob on the side of the reel opposite the handle. Turn the knob counterclockwise until it comes off. Then grab the handle and pull it off the reel.
Remove the bale of the reel by unscrewing the two screws that hold it in place.
Locate the drag knob on the top of the reel. Turn it counterclockwise until you can remove it. Then pull the spool assembly off the reel.
Locate the two screws on the side of the reel where the handle was. Unscrew them and pull off the side plate to expose the inner workings of the reel.
Larry Anderson has been a freelance writer since 2000. He has covered a wide variety of topics, from golf and baseball to hunting and fishing. His work has appeared in numerous print and online publications, including "Fargo Forum" newspaper. Anderson holds a Bachelor of Arts in print journalism from Concordia College.