I searched the forum and didn't find anything quite like this issue for a spheros so I gratefully ask for some insight.
Issue - well used but solid Shimano Spheros 4000FA has gradually developed a vibration the transmits down the handle while cranking. I hesitate to call it grinding but if you crank very slowly you can feel, the tick, tick, tick, tick, of the gears going roughly together or, seems less likely, a bearing rolling roughly in its housing. The reel is in very good shape otherwise but the vibration has gotten to the point where if you use it for even a few minutes your fingers start to go numb from the vibration/grinding. Mixed into the vibration there is a light "clunk" each time the reel spool descends to its lowest point in its up/down oscillation then begins upward again. There is also a faint "click" when the spool reaches the top of its oscillation. In general, the reel spins freely if you give the handle a good spin, not like it is jamming up or anything like that.
Bail Question - both of my Spheros do this now: when the bail is flipped close (I do it by hand not by cranking) it often goes right past the normal stop point. Evan after bail is closed and in correct position you can easily push the bail down 45 degrees. More of an annoyance than anything major but I bet this is an easy fix, yes?
I know I could send it back to Shimano but I feel like trying to fix it myself. And along this line for anyone out there who does all their own reels - is there any real savings to repair your own reels when Shimano usually only charges around $25? Or it is mostly a matter of satisfaction of being able to do it yourself? Thanks for any assistance!
Edited by mumichog - 12/12/11 at 1:34pm