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Zodiac barracuda shark unscrews itself

How that the Fall is here with cooler water temperature, my Zodiac Barracuda pool shark tends to keep unscrewing itself every 2-3 days. I have to fish it out of the deep end and manually screw the hose back into the shark so it can get back to work. Any ideas?

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These cleaners have a diaphragm inside that opens and closes that causes the unit to travel. If the diaphragm is bad, it will just stay still. Right above the handle there is a nut, separate the top part of the cleaner and you should see a white tube. Push that white tube downward and pull it out of the bottom of the unit. You should see the rubber diaphragm, check to see that it is free of debris and if it is distorted. The opening inside the diaphragm should look like a fairly uniform ****, not a huge gap. If it looks like there is a large opening inside, replacing it will make it run like new. Hope this helps.

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I haven't seen any bulletins on the Zippy hoses. You might adjust the flow to the cleaner. You can find the Manual for the zippy cleaner on this page beneith the diagram. It shows how the star control works. You can also contact the Mfg Technical Support at Phone: 800-822-7933 They might be able to warranty a hose or two for you.

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you may have a bad diaphragm inside the unit. Unthread the nut between the "wagon wheel" and the lower unit and remove it, push down on the white tube until it comes out of the bottom of the barracuda. Inspect the rubber diaphragm for debris and deformations. If the diaphragm has a large gap inside, it won't work properly. It needs to have only a small uniform gap, they can sometimes even look completely closed when they are new. Replacing the diaphragm will most likely make the unit run like new again.

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either some debris is caught in the diaphragm or it's deformed enough to render it inoperable. Unthread the nut just above the handle and pull it apart, then push the white tube downward until it comes out of the bottom of the unit. Inspect the diaphragm to see it there is any debris in it or if it is deformed. Usually the diaphragm has a uniform opening, if the gap is wide, it will not function. The most common problem is that the diaphragm needs replaced. Hope this helps.

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SOURCE: the zodiac works for seveal minutes, then the pool

sounds like you may have an air leak somewhere. If not from your zodiac hose, it may be in the plumbing itself. Check the threaded fitting on the suction side of the pump, check the pump lid o-ring, and depending on the pump, check the gasket between the hair/lint pot and the volute or seal plate (especially if it's a sta-rite).

Posted on Nov 22, 2009

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