Ambidex issue

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EricW
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Ambidex issue

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I recently purchased my first ever Ambidex. What a lovely reel. the only issue I could find was that it was really hard to turn the handle. Easy fix I thought, take the side plate off, give everything a thorough clean, a drop of oil and away we go. Unfortunately it doesn't appear to be that easy. Inside it is beautifully made and it knocks spots off my more usual Mitchells for quality. I haven't stripped it to the last nut and bolt, but have separated it into units in order to wash it out. I was expecting to find it caked with hard, waxy grease, but actually there was no real sign of grease or lubricant inside it at all. the problem I have is that it is still hard to turn forwards. It runs as freely as I could ever wish backwards, but forwards it is very hard to get going. Once I do, it gets easier the faster I turn the handle. The long helical gear that drives the spool runs freely without the handle gear meshed to it, but as soon as I fit the adjacent gear, it becomes really hard to turn. Given how clean it was inside, I am wondering if it has been apart previously and assembled incorrectly. Any suggestions anybody?
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I am no expert but this help regarding the drive.





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Thank you Trentfisher, that was exactly what I needed. I've stripped it down further, cleaned, and re-assembled it and now it is runs beautifully. It must have been a tiny piece of muck in the gear somewhere, although I never found anything particlularly nasty. It seems to be very well machined and it probably takes very little to make it stick.
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Re: Ambidex issue

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Glad it helped.
They nice reels to use but from the post on this forum there were some ropey ones that escaped. I have one and no matter what I do with it it runs nowhere as smooth as my others.

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