Abu levelwind problem?

Discussion in 'Fishing Reel Review' started by weathermantrey, Mar 28, 2007.

  1. weathermantrey

    weathermantrey New Member

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    I have an abu 6500 reel that has been acting up on me. Sometimes when you reel it in the levelwind sticks to the left side of the reel and thus reels all of the line in on one side of the spool. I have broken it all down and cant find any problem with the levelwind itself. It's justlike the little piece that fits in the groove to go back and forth isn't catching/falling into the track to take it back to the other side of the spool. I dont see a way of fixing this. Do yall have any ideas????

    Thanks
     
  2. Mark J

    Mark J New Member

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    You need a new paw and my advice is if you replace a paw replace the paw gear also

    If you look up under the levelwind gear you'll see a round cap. Take the cap off and the paw is in there.
    you'll have to take the reel apart to replace the paw gear.
     

  3. xringer3

    xringer3 New Member

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    Mar's right. All you need is a line pawl. However, I have just put a very thin round shaped piece of copper or brass shim just under the cap to push up on the pawl, and that works also.

    A new pawl is only about 3bucks though. I have changed several of them and not changed the worm gear without problems, but ya never know. It's not a bad idea to change the gear also.
     
  4. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    Definetly a pawl. You can get the pawl and a worm gear at Academy's for about 10 dollars. This is the part of the abu which fails the most.... think of how many times that pawl goes back and forth...don't you think it would wear. I bought an extra and keep it in my tackle box just for emergencies. Keep that pawl and worm gear lubricated.
     
  5. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    If you catch it fast enough before you do damage to the worm gear then you can usually get away with just replacing the pawl. If you have already used it in this condition then go ahead and replace both. I keep spare worm gears and pawls in the tackle box for when this happens. It is a quick repair and will save you a lot of agravasion on the water.
     
  6. jlingle

    jlingle New Member

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    If you get stuck in a pinch, you can put a small piece of cardboard under the screw that holds the paw in and it will shim it into action for a short time. Sounds to me like you're gonna have to replace both the pawl and the worm gear, just like the other fellas have stated.

    Keep that worm gear cleaned out regularly though. Shoot it full of WD-40 and clean it with a toothbrush. That'll usually keep this from happening in the future.
     
  7. weathermantrey

    weathermantrey New Member

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    Thanks for the help. I put a shim in it and it seems to have fixed the problem for now. I'm gonna go ahead and order several of them since i have 6 abu 6500's and all of them have been used pretty hard.
     
  8. weathermantrey

    weathermantrey New Member

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    I cant seem to find a place that sells this part?? I found one on ebay but i'd rather by from a more reliable source so I know the pawl is brand new. Do yall have a website that I can get these parts from?
     
  9. weathermantrey

    weathermantrey New Member

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    I looked at academy's and couldnt find anywhere on their site where they sold reel parts?
     
  10. xringer3

    xringer3 New Member

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    Try looking at Hookless.com or Heartland tackle. I get some of my parts from both of these places, and they are reliable. You also might try Mikes reel repair. I get some things from him too, but he's located in Canada, and shipping times are closer to 10 days to 2 weeks.

    I have been getting parts from a guy on ebay and he's very reliable. I think his user name is gilbertspaylakeky or something like that. If you find parts put up for bid by him, you can count on him being reliable, and shipping is very fast.

    Glad the shim fixed it. I've done that before, but don't know how long it will last. I'd still get a couple pawls and gears to keep on hand. I don't know if I'd go with the ceramic pawls. There is speculation that it will wear out the worm gear faster but they are supposed to be smoother. I got one to try, but can't tell any difference in the reel. I bet it will last longer though since it's so much harder.
     
  11. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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  12. StormCaster

    StormCaster New Member

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    Time to change the pawl on the levelwind.
     
  13. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Thanks Lawrence, I'll try to contact them tomorrow to see if they are cheaper than the price I'm giving local.