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Lights won't automatically turn on BUT will automatically go off

So I have a Malibu light timer and have the blue & red pegs set to turn on at 7pm and off at 11pm. The lights will not automatically turn on...I have to manually turn them on. Once on, it works fine and will turn off at 11pm. It will rotate all the way around and then next day it gets stuck at 7pm. It won't automatically turn on. Once again, I have to manually turn them on and the whole process repeats itself. For some reason it gets stuck right when it is supposed to turn off.

I have replaced the pegs thinking it might be related to them but that did not work.

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  • jblair44 Jun 17, 2009

    Next to last sentence should read, "For some reason it gets stuck right when it is supposed to turn ON."

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Are you using the red peg for 'on' and black for 'off'?

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I also have the same problem, and looking on line we are not alone. Everything works, but the timer does not have enough power to turn past the pegs. Does anyone know where I can buy the timer only? Or maybe the company recalled the item because its a load of cr-p

Posted on Aug 22, 2010

  • gin2rex1 Sep 16, 2010

    I also have the exact problem, the clock keeps good time, but can't trip the on cycle, it can trip the off cycle - is it really the clock motor? Do I have to replace the entire unit (at $119 tax)?

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SOURCE: Just as someone else wrote, I too have the Malibu

The clock motor has gotten weak and is now overheating, and will soon stop turning. There are no replacement clock motors for ML series power packs.
Open following for Power Pack troubleshoot checklist and warranty information and other tips to keep power pack working longer:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Malibu-power-pack-stopped-working.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Intermatic-trippers-and-parts.html

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The clock motor has gotten weak and is now overheating, and will soon stop turning. There are no replacement clock motors for ML series power packs.
Open following for Power Pack troubleshoot checklist and warranty information and other tips to keep power pack working longer:
http://waterheatertimer.org/Malibu-power-pack-stopped-working.html
http://waterheatertimer.org/Intermatic-trippers-and-parts.html

Upvote the help.
And take advantage of fixya expert assistance live.
For a price, expert works with you while you work on timer or any do-it-yourself project.
Fixya is always less expensive than a service call.

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