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So I got a low-profile Pfluger baitcaster a couple months ago, and love it, it's worked great. But the last time I was using it, the little eye that you thread the line thru that moves back and forth to lay the line over the spool evenly, would stop at one side. So you'd end up cranking this big mess of line on one side of the spool because that eye is sitting still, unless you constantly bump it back on track with your finger (and that gets pretty annoying). It's been rained on quite a bit, and it's been well used, so maybe putting some lube on that gear will help, I haven't tried yet. Anyone else know what's wrong or how to fix it?

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Could you describe where that is? whistle The only screws I can see are the three that hold the side plate on.

The screw should be right on the underside of the level wind guide eye.

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(Refer to your reel schematics for a reliable depiction of this explanation. Since you just recently purchased the reel,if you have your receipt, repairs or parts should cost you nothing.)

As others have said: check the screw that attaches the reel's line guide to the level wind shaft/bar.

This screw should be snug (not "tight", but snug). If the screw is snug, then you might have a problem with the level wind mechanism. The "level wind" mechanism is that spiral grooved cylinder that moves your line guide back and forth in synchronization with spool revolution. It's housed inside the smooth metal shaft on which the line guide travels.

It's not uncommon for the gears that drive the level wind mechanism to become stripped--- it happens to all brands. If this is the case, if you're at all handy, parts are easily ordered from the manufacturer and you can swap them out yourself(to be safe, you might want to order all parts in this assembly).

These parts, plus tax, shipping and handling will probably cost you less than $15.00.

P.S. If you over-tighten the level wind screw you will experience binding, or other poor casting performance.

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It may just need to be cleaned. If you are using braid, it'll get dirty pretty quick wth new line. Check on the sides of the metal bar or the other plastic bar the level wind sits on. Or you might have a piece of sand or something stuck in the level wind teeth. I wouldn't use it til you clean it at least. If its stuck like that and you continue to reel, it will eventually wear a groove in the teeth. I have a couple and this has always solved it. Hope this helps.

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