alan tani @ fishing reel repair rebuild tutorial penn 12/0 faulty clicker
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« on: June 10, 2010, 05:40:32 AM »

cut and pasted with permission - thanks!

Quote from: snook hunter
I have a 12/0 with a clicker that will not stay engaged.  A store quoted me $45 for a new side plate that includes a clicker and $50 more to install it.  Is that a good deal?  Do I need a new side plate?  Can I fix this for less or on my own?

Quote from: snook hunter
I found the clicker knob to be very loose.  I assume the metal circle needs to be tight on the clicker and its loose.  What do you recommend?

Quote from: alantani
uggh!  remember my saying that some things in business can be taken care of with a letter, somethings need a phone call, and some things have to be done face to face?  well, this is one of those things where a video would be very helpful. 

so follow me on this.  the click tongue is worn but looks ok.  it's just the spring that is loose.  what you have to do is grab with spring with a pair of flat nosed pliers or channel locks and bend in one side of the spring.  the whole assembly will be cockeyed.  then you have to bend the other side of the spring to even it out.  now the spring has more pressure against the tongue.  you can't have too much or too little.  and ends of the spring have to be even and not too high or too low.  if you got "the touch," the entire proceedure takes 10 seconds. 

to get this right, the spring ends of the spring have to be in the proper place relative to the click tongue AND they have to have the proper amount of pressure.  so the only question is, "do you feel lucky?"  alan

Quote from: alantani
it you look at the left side of the spring, you can see how it is bent.  it's almost as though someone went in and tried to fix it and did not get it bent properly.  also look carefully at the clicker tongue.  the tongue show wear on both sides but mostly on the outgoing side.  whoever had this reel left the clicker on all the time.

Quote from: snook hunter
I studied the "situation" for about a minute and made a 2 second adjustment with pliers and saved myself $100.00  :cheers


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« Reply #1 on: May 02, 2021, 07:13:29 PM »

Again thank you Alan. I have a friend's vintage 114H that has a sprung click spring. Had no idea how I was going to replace the spring. One of the riveted posts was loose as well but knew how to use a punch to re-peen the loose rivet. Like new...sort of. But at least no parts needed.

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