Alan, The question (or problem); I have a Penn 320gt2 that has a seized drag. I started the rebuild according to your tutorial but canít seem to get the main gear off the gear sleeve. I was able to get two steel and two carbon drag washers out but the rest is stuck. I would greatly appreciate any advice on correcting this dilemma. Tom
what also sometimes happens is that the keyed metal drag washers will dig into the soft brass gear sleeve and create a small burr. the main gear or the other metal washers can get stuck against the burr. between that and general corrosion, it can get really tough to get the main gear off the gear sleeve.
remember that red battery powered screwdriver i'm so fond of? well, it does double duty as a hammer. what i do sometimes is screw the handle nut into the top of the gear sleeve, hold the main gear in a towel and then pound on the top of the handle nut (and gear sleeve) with my screwdriver and pound the gear sleeve out. sometimes it won't budge. then i will bolt on the handle, hold the main gear in that same towel and twist like crazy. sometimes i have to do both. it's just brass. it will definitely give. to get the main gear back on, clean up the burrs with a flat file and it will slide right back on! alan