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Steering, twisting, stopping

My ray vac pool cleaner, even after being cleaned, steers to the right continuously, twisting up the hose and stopping. Solution?

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Make sure your Transporter Jet (R0376900) is shooting water from all holes. If not, it means you have an obstruction in the jet. You can push a toothpick into the hole that is blocked. If that does not clear the obstruction, you can disconnect the jet from the hose and shake out the obstruction. If the obstruction is a small piece of metal, I suggest you look at your Hydro Time Gear Assembly Kit (R0377000) to make sure the metal did not come from this gear.

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Make sure your swivels are in good shape and your hoses are not to long. Your local pool store will usually look at your cleaner and ck condition of hoses and swivels for nothing if you bring it in and just charge for parts. As far as the leingth of the hose, this is quite often the culpret to curling hoses. The cleaner should just reach the furthest spot in the pool so it streches out the hose and pulls the curls out of it.

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