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I HAVE A UP 15-42F CIRCULATOR PUMP CAP GOOD PUMP WILL RUN IF I PROD THE IMPELLER BARINGS SEEM GOOD RUNS SMOOTHLY AFTER PRODED TO START?

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THROW THE PUMP AWAY IT PROBABLY HAS A BAD ARMATURE. NOT WORTH ASSEMBLING A TEAM OF EXPERTS TO POSSIBLY DIAGNOSE THE PROBLEM.

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