hmmmm might be something I look into. You have a link for where you got the bearings?
Here is the link, copy and paste. http://www.bocabearings.com/
Use the drop downs on the site for Application, make and model of reel. if you have any questions, call or send them an email, they are very helpful.
Also the spool bearing pin, be careful pushing it out, if you have bad eyes like i do, use a magnifying glass to see the thicker end. push out on the small end and grab the thicker end and pull out the pin, when replacing the pin, push in the small end in first. Bottom line is, don’t try to push the thicker end of the pin through the pin hole, you’ll bend the pin and render it useless if you try. it’s a simple replacement if you do it right, i learned the hard way, lol. On the PQ there are 3 bearings you replace. also it takes 20 or 30 casts to break them in but once you do, you will get about 20% more distance on the cast and it reels like butter. I still use my PQ’s a lot.
You Tube has some good videos on replacing the bearings, give them a watch.
I’d go ahead and use your PQ until cleaning and oiling doesn’t improve performance and it’s starting to perform rougher, then i would change the bearings, GL
If money is a problem, ABEC 5 bearings are a little better than the bearings already in the reel and cheaper then the 7’s, but 7’s are better bearings and worth the money and only about 10-15 bucks more than the 5’s. 7’s last longer and are smoother.