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Polaris 280 - tank track keeps coming off

We bought a house with an IG pool about a year ago, and it came with a Polaris 280 w/track kit. The Polaris used to get off track about once a day. Now it will not stay on for 5 mins. How do we adjust it? Will a new track tire fix it? The pool and Polaris is only 2 years old.

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  • Sid R Aug 19, 2012

    Excellent solution. Took me 10 minutes and it worked.

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I battled with the track falling off for over a season. The pool guys said they fixed it. Tried the previous solution to adjust middle wheel but no luck. My solution was to remove the left wheel and the tank (to get to the screws). The wheel mount allows for minor adjustment but it is also reversible. Turn the mount around and this will extend the wheel base much more. Mine ran for several hours after doing this and so far the track stays on.

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  • Kevin K May 27, 2012

    It took me about 20 minutes to complete this task that the pool store would have charged me $75 for. The track has stayed on and works better than new....it climbs walls and stairs with ease. Thanks for the awesome advice!!

  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2016

    I searched the internet and came across this repair...the trax no longer come off. Took about 10 minutes to complete!

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I have the same one and the same problem. The pool guys were just here and fixed it. Remove the middle wheel between the two larger wheels that hold the track. Then adjust the tension on the track to were it is nice and snug. This should fix the problem.

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I have fought with the track falling off for 4 seasons. I just completed the "best solution" from mfhall77 above. It took about 20 min. total. It seems to work great. I am not sure why, but now the 280 even gets up the steps and cleans them. It never did before. This solution has 2 things going for it. 1 -- it's pretty easy and 2 -- it works!

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Try using the cleaner without the track kit.

My pool has a steeply sloping bottom and the standard 280 gets up and down just fine with tracks.

Good luck

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