spellingThere is absolutely no rust to be found on the reel or any parts thereof. The bearings look like new and make no sound whatsoever. Took o-ring off and it is still soft and pliable and not dry or cracked in any way whatsoever. There is slight corrosion where the reel foot attaches to the frame and the screwholes. It looks like what I would consider normal/typical eloctrolosys and does not affect the performance in any way.
I did a full takedown and looked at every little piece and could find nothing out of the ordinary. As I said, I replaced the bearing anyways since I was going through one of my old tournament bags and found an emergency replacement/maintenance baggie and had backups for everything in there. Will report back after the wknd to see if that solved it. Thanks
ooohhh...also thought of this. The reel has only ever had monofilament and nothing over 12 pound test. It has caught numerous jacks and I have no idea how many reds/trout and has always performed flawlessly.