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Hayward pool vacuum cleaner problem

The unit will go along fine then slow right down. At this time you notice that only one side seems to be working. After a little time it will start working properly for about 2metres and then slow down again. This slow period lasts fro approx. 20sec. Because only ne side works for a period of time the unit seems to do small circles. This suction is set right. The flaps have been changed and so to the feet.
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  • Anonymous Oct 27, 2008

    Same problem, except the hose tangles up always in the shallow end. Mine is the Ultra model.

  • Anonymous Jan 04, 2009

    it goes two to three feet then flips over, doesn't want to move fast, and its a new filter.

  • Anonymous May 02, 2009

    This product is a nightmare piece of ****.

  • Anonymous May 04, 2009

    My unit is having the same problem. I dismount it and check to see if something was broken or loose inside or if an object was stuck inside but I did not found anything. All looks ok, and I still have the problem. We need help from an expert with previous experience fixing this problem. Please.

  • catsheba7 May 19, 2009

    The navigator goes two or three feet and tips over on its side.


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With this vacuum, start from the simplest possible problem and then work your way through. Process of elimination. Flip it over and see if the feet are all the in good shape. Also look to be sure that the springs that are below each of the feet are actually connected. Where they connect, the tabs break off and then the spring doesn't snap and that side of the vacuum will drag or go in a circle or not move at all. If that look s okay, you need to check the bearings to be sure they're okay. If one side goes you'll experience the same problems you've described. If they are tight, no bearings falling out then check the pods. That's the long sections where the feet and wings attach to the vacuum. As a general rule if you replace the pods, you should replace the Aframe as well. Not difficult and the parts will run $110-$125 for an entire bottom kit which includes everything that has been described above.

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