I'm new to the whole centerpin world and was wondering what most of you guys do to prepare a centerpin for the season? Any tips, insight, or testimonies would be appreciated.
Is it bad to pull bearings from the housing and put them back inside? I figured that there was a seal or O-ring inside kind of like a wheel bearing on a trailer.Is this a bearing or bushing center pin? If it's bushings, remove them then spray with carb cleaner. Once dry, get some metal polishing paste like Blue Magic and a small wool polishing tip for a Dremel and run it in and out of the bushing a few times. Remove leftover paste with a Q-tip soaked in alcohol. When the bushing polishing is done, it should be a mirror shine inside. Use a good oil like TSI 321 on the bushings. If it uses bearings, soak them in naptha (Zippo fluid) for a good 15 minutes shaking every so often to dislodge any particles. Let them air dry and hit them with a drop of your oil of choice. For winter fishing, I'd go with a lighter oil like 3 in 1 Blue or Tournament Rocket Fuel.
Usually bearing retainers are nothing but a small C-clip that fits in a groove. You can pull the clip with needle nose and reinstall just by pressing it in with your finger.Is it bad to pull bearings from the housing and put them back inside? I figured that there was a seal or O-ring inside kind of like a wheel bearing on a trailer.