Spool Tension Knob Not Working: How to Fix It

by Tim Mueller

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If your spool tension knob isn’t working, it’s likely because the knob has become loose or detached from the spool.

How does that happen?

Well, it happens if you’re not careful when winding the spool or if the knob gets caught on something while you’re fishing.

Either way, it’s easy to fix and shouldn’t take more than a few steps to fix it.

Let’s get right into it.

How to Fix Spool Tension Knob Not Working

Here we’ll talk about different ways to fix the issue of yor spool tension knob not working.

We’ll go from the cheapest method to the most expensive one.

First Step: Check If Anything Is Missing or Is Broken

The first step you should do to fix your tension knob in your rod not working, is taking its cap off and checking if anything is either missing or broken.

So, look for any cracks or damages on both the knob and the threading.

If there’s something wrong, then you’ll have to replace that part before being able to use your fishing rod again.

Clean Dirt or Debris and Then Lubricate

If your spool tension knob isn’t working properly and you have cleaned it out but the problem is still present, then you may have dirt or debris lodged inside of the mechanism or it could lack lubrication.

In this case, you will need to take your reel apart and clean it manually using a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol.

Once everything is nice and clean, apply a few drops of lubricant oil and move the knob back and forth to distribute the oil evenly.

Wipe off any excess oil and reassemble the reel and test to see if the tension knob is working properly.

Use Pliers or Replace Tension Knob

1. Check if the knob is still attached to the spool. If it is, then proceed to step 2. If the knob is not attached, then skip to step 4.

2. Try tightening the knob by hand. If you can’t seem to get a good grip, try using a pair of pliers.

3. If the knob is still loose, you may need to replace it. You can buy replacement knobs at most fishing stores or online.

4. Once you have a new knob, simply screw it onto the spool until it’s tight. Be careful not to over-tighten as this could strip the threads or damage the spool.

Change the O-rings

Another possible solution is to change the o-rings on your spool tension knob. This is a quick and easy fix, but you will need to make sure that you get the right size o-ring for your model of reel.

To find out what size you need, check the manufacturer’s website or contact them directly.

Another way of doing it, it’s taking the cap off the tension knob, pulling out the o-ring, then go to your local hardware store and buy a stiffer o-ring with the same size.

Once you have the new o-ring, simply pop it into place and reattach the tension knob.

Buy a New Baitcaster

If you’re still having trouble with your spool tension knob, then you may need to invest in a new baitcaster.

There are many great options available on the market, so be sure to do your research before making a purchase.

I’d recommend reading this article, that goes about the best bait casters out there. I’ll be making a similar article soon, so be on the lookout!

We recommend checking out reviews online to get an idea of what other anglers are saying about.

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Hi, I’m Tim Mueller, a fisherman from Michigan. During all my life I loved fishing and everything that surround this activity. After many months of thinking about it, I’ve decided to create this website to provide the best advice for fishers all around the world.