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I am from Richland Center.
I have 2 2500 stradics in dis-repair.
Both bales refuse to return to closed.
Heard it may be simple as a spring.
I am kinda cheap….if costs a lot to fix i will buy new reel.

Anyone know somewhat local repair person that is reasonable?

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You? That would be cheapest of all.  Check the bail spring.  If it is broken, buy a couple new ones and put them in.  It isn't that complicated, honest. 

 

Does it feel like they are hard to move?  or they just sit in whatever position...  

 

There are basically three things that could go bad.  Bail spring, like you said.   the ends of the bail are gooped up and hard to turn, or the thing that trips the latch is worn or broken.  

 

https://fishshop.shimano.com/vip/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT<>prd_id=845524441848263&SKU<>sku_id=1689949372100565

 

The bail spring is 99 cents, probably plus shipping.   Maybe buy 3 because if you drop one they can be tough to find on the floor. 

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the thing that trips the latch is worn or broken. 

 

i think

 

will take apart and look

if i set hook hard the bail rackets pops up and lets line out

won't close some of time...have to do manually

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Look at the diagram, order the parts.   If it pops open or won't close I am still thinking the spring...

Take pictures with phone or digital camera as you take it apart.  Helps to get it back together. 

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LH...I repaired Shimano's for years, and this was a huge issue for the Stradics and the Sahara's, First, look at the bail and make sure that they are not out of alignment. I bet your problem is caused by one part (and it's the probable cause of both problems)..... To keep the bail from rotating on the cast (and snapping shut on you in mid-cast) there's a small friction ring inside the rotor. It looks like a heavy rubber band only it's made of heavy vinyl plastic. It's  actually called a "friction ring". When it goes bad it loosens up just enough to bind up your reel completely and the bail won't snap shut. Also check the round bail return spring with the smal 90* bend in it, that can pop out of the tiny hole (the "bent" end) and cause the bail to do literally nothing. If your bail actuator pin (your :latch") is bent/worn, that will do it, but unikey that it's worn down that much.

Loosen up the bail center screws, and see if when they are loose the bail will return. If so, they may be bent/out of alignment. Takes some careful maneuvering to get them back to proper set. I love Shimao stuff, but they never did own up to this problem, as far as I know. Check those things first and let's go from there.

 

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If all else fails, Mike from Delaware Valley Tackle will fix and clean them and have them running like new, better than out of the box. He charges $22 per reel for a full breakdown and ultra-sonic cleaning, plus he's very reasonable about repairs. 

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