Well, that is the same exact thing, I went through lol…!!!
I’m willing to bet, it will come back with a new pinion bearing in it or all new bearings!
What happens is, somebody unknowingly ratchets the drag settings to high and it’s just crushes the bearing somehow, but it still seems fine, but it’s not!
I still have the old bearing here from the Daiwa and you cannot tell there’s anything wrong with it!
But if you put it back into the reel, it will absolutely malfunction again!
When I bought my Avet SX MC, there was another guy there, he was taking the levers and tightening the drags to max settings, way over fishing specs, and you could literally hear that reel making noise after he did this!!!!!
What the salesman, did not know!!!!
By letting him do this, he was destroying every Avet reel he just touched, Sad but true!!!
If you do this to any lever drag reel, you basically just crushed the pinion bearing, overtightening the drag!
You can’t turn turn drag all the way up and then force the lever all the way up. I never understood why they made them this way, your average person that’s never used a lever drag doesn’t understand this, if they’re not familiar with them!