Penn 40 2/ drag disengaging spring

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REK

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key no. 41....drag disengaging spring.

Starts well with 18/20 #s of drag with freespool. Catch a fish and lose freespool. Can spin the handle really fast while in freespool to get the drag washer to disengage enough to get back freespool but put the reel in gear and back to freespool and the drag will not disengage unless I spin the living shit out of the handle. Open the reel up and mess with that spring just a bit and all is good.....until I use the reel again. Seems to me that spring is not up to muster. Just spooling line on the reel (heat?) made the spring no longer workable. Had to open up and mess with the spring again to make the drag disengage without having to spin the handle really fast to get disengagement.

Is there a more robust spring to be had here? A spring that works well? FWIW...pretty new reel. Just a couple of Lupe tunas.
 

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    Haven't had any issues with this spring on any of my NLD2's. Doesn't mean yours can't be a weak, but IMO, seems sort of unlikely that this is main cause.

    Rather, it sounds more like your drag preset is beyond the reel's max. At the higher preset drag settings, it is common for the spool to "follow along" when the handle is turned. This, along with some handle binding are typical.

    So are you getting 18-20lbs at STRIKE, FULL, or SUNSET? There are folks who get mid-teens at STRIKE, while other claim they get into the 20's at STRIKE. Without handle binding and without loss of freespool. I'll believe it when I see it.

    Try turning down the preset to around 14lbs at STRIKE and see if you still have the problem.
     
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    REK

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    18 at strike, not full or sunset. Works fine(freespool/strike) until I use it once.

    Yes, wiped any excess grease off the drags, (not that there was a mess)to be sure nothing was sticking due to excess.

    When the reel/drag is sticking, can readjust to a light drag setting. Drag plate still sticks to the drag washer. Freespool, spin the handle and can feel the plate separate from the washer and I have freespool again. If I engage the drag again, sticks. Like I stated, pull the spring, mess with it,(stretch it just a tad), reel works....until I use it.

    maybe order another or find a more robust spring.
     
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    hucklongfin

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    Is the bearing 55a sticking to the spool spindle? It needs to slide easily or the drag plate will not be able to move away from the spool. If the spring can't push it away, well, there's a reason for that!
     
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    REK

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    55a bearing slides fine. Checked the entire assembly. Clean, lubed.

    Keep looking at it. Still think it's a weak spring. Reel works great in hand. Use it. Warm things up and the drag will not fully disengage.

    Oh well, just wondering if this was more than my only fathom/torque, and if there was a remedy.
     
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    AKSalmon

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    Check to make sure that the pinion gears slide easily on the shaft, and into and out of the pinion (side plate) bearing. Also, make sure that the shaft slides easily into and out of the left side plate. The problem you are describing is common in the Shimano TLDs that I service, but I have yet to see it in a Penn.
     
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    PENN

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    Hello REK,

    Sorry to hear your Fathom is giving you trouble. I have never seen the 41 spring cause an issue on the Fathoms. This is a difficult one to diag as it could be a combination of things. I suggest sending the reel in for repair. I will send you a message on the repair process.

    Jim
     
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