|What exactly were the simptoms of your reel? If it isn't smooth when you crank, there could be any number of problems, most likely:
a) Sand inside the gears(clean and overhall to fix),
b) the driveshaft is bent(throw the reel away),
c) bearings are corroded. (clean, lube, and/or replace them. New bearings can potentially cost more than you payed for the reel)
Hope that helps. Personally, I would take it apart clean it and put it back together. And if it still is messed up its time for a new one. You can always duct tape it though...works for the guys at Candlstick.