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Can't get my Hayward Northstar SmartMax pump to pull water, it only makes a noise and does not pump water

Makes just a spinning noise. I pulled the pump and everything seems to be ok and turns.

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Have you looked at the vanes in the impeller? if they are significantly clogged nothing will pump or flow.

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If you have a crack in your basket you may have a clogged impeller. With the power off reach back into the pump through the pump pot with a long screwdriver and feel around. If it feels spongey it there you have a clog. Take the serew driver an use an oceleting motion in a counter clockwise direction this should loosen the clog then reach in with a long set of thin pliers and pull the clog out. This should fix your problem and once water is flowing your pump should quiet down.

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