I drove nine hours to fish the in lower white river national refuge for a week. After three days of heavy fishing my line would only reel in one one side of my spool. I took apart my 6500 C3 and noticed half of the teeth had been worn down on the plastic (plastic!?) gear that moves the line guide back and forth. I switched to a relatively new 5500 back up reel and the next day the exact same problem occured. Is this just bad luck or a common problem with Abus? Are there metal replacement parts for these cheap plastic gears?