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Navigator hose cntinues to twist

I have otally disassembled and cleaned the gear box. It appears to run smoothly with air pressure and when manually turned. Beaings were replaced due to breakage of plastic bearing carriage.

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    i have same problem and nicenelson

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I would recommend replacing the gearbox. That's what controls the turning so, if it's not turning correctly, that's the cause. It could also be the hoses. You could change the order of the hoses and that might help.
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1. You might not have proper water flow. Too much or too little pressure will cause this to happen. Check the pressure with your flow gauge and adjust if necessary.

2. Check for a partial blockage of the navigator throat. If you have a blockage, it could disrupt the movement of your cleaner. Clear blockage if necessary.

3. Check the shoes and wings. Damage or wear to them can disrupt your patterns of cleaning. If you notice that your shoes or wings are worn, replace them to correct the problem.

4. Check to make sure that your hose is not twisted. It should be clear of kinks, twists, and knots. Untangle if necessary. Laying the hose out in the sun will make it more pliable and easier to untangle if you need to do this.

5. Other things that could cause steering issues: check and clean the rear screen, check to see that the cone gear is is free and rotates smoothly, clean/replace/repair gear box, check pod connection, and check turbine and spindle assembly.

Hope this helps! Let me know if you need clarification or additional help!

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Try one of these soultions. If you try these suggestions and it still doesn't work correctly, let me know and I will offer some different ideas. With this brand of pool cleaners, troubleshooting is usually pretty simple.

1. You might have an improper water flow that is causing your trajectory to falter. To remedy this, check your water flow with a flow gauge and adjust as necessary. If you have too little or too much pressure, you cleaner will not move correctly.
2. Look for a blockage in the navigator throat. If you see one, remove it. A blockage on one side could cause the cleaner to only turn in one direction.
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6. Clean, repair, or replace the gear box.
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