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How to Repair a Zebco

by Keith Dooley
Easily perform basic repairs on your Zebco reel.

Easily perform basic repairs on your Zebco reel.

Mention the name Zebco and many people are reminded of catching their first fish. Zebco produces a line of spincast reels that are durable, easy to use and reliable. Featuring an enclosed line spool and large spool release button, closed face Zebcos are a good choice for introducing children and new anglers to the sport of fishing. Routine repairs are associated with any reel. The design and function of a Zebco make minor repairs quick and easy for most users.

Remove old line that is damaged or has developed a coil memory by pressing the spool release on the back of the reel. Pull all of the old line from the spool and then open the front spool cover by turning to the left and then straight off the reel. Cut the line free from the spool with scissors. Examine the spool and winding mechanism for damage; apply a small amount of oil to moving parts.

Thread new monofilament line through the spool cover and attach to the spool with an Arbor knot. Tie the Arbor by feeding 6 to 7 inches of line around the spool. Form an overhand knot with the free end of the line so that the loop of the knot passes around the main line. Tie a second overhand knot below the firs knot this time using only the free end. Moisten both knots with water or saliva and pull down tight against the spool.

Place the spool cover back on the reel and apply tension to the line in front of the spool.Turn the handle to wind 70 to 80 yards of line onto the reel. Tension must be applied in order for the line to spool correctly on a Zebco spincast reel.

Remove the handle of the Zebco spincast reel using a pair of pliers if necessary. Use a screwdriver to remove the reel body cover so that the gears and internal parts are accessible. Spray the internal parts with a petroleum lubricant to loosen old grease and debris and wipe clean with a cotton swab.

Apply a thin coating of reel grease to the gears and other internal moving parts. Place the cover back on the Zebco reel body and secure with the screws that were removed previously. Attach the handle to the reel and apply reel oil to the point where the handle connects to the reel body.

Items you will need

  • Zebco reel
  • Scissors
  • Monofilament fishing line
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Spray lubricant
  • Cotton swab
  • Reel grease
  • Reel oil

About the Author

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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