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Tandy Ray Vac pool cleaner. Why does it just go in circles in the deep end?

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SOURCE: Ray Vac moving slow, circles deep end, sticks on side of pool

I read somewhere that the front wheel wears down unevenly and causes the left/right turns. Hope this helps. Wayne

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I have a jandy ray vac pool cleaner that just goes in circles in the deep end of the pool.

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Change the pusher hose, the pusher jet, and the pusher jet sleeve. These are the first things coming from the end of the unit toward the wall. If you replace all of these parts and it continue to circle, change the front wheel.

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Same prob. ray vac circles bottom of deep end. tink2b3 suggested moving the gears? what does that mean?

Mabey the gears in the backup valve a small football in line about 18" from wall. Just pull it from the water if you have one that is about every one to two munites it should send a jet of water out the side of the backup valve for about ten or fifteen seconds. If it dosen't you need a new one . Quite often a more likliy problem is tight swivels your local pool store can ck these for you and the leingth of your hose should just make the far point of the pool so it streches the hose and pulls all the kinks and loops out. Your pool store can help you with much of this and they will check the whole unit if you bring it in to the store and will usually just charge for parts.

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I have the problem of the circling Ray Vac. And I haven't seen any solutions here. What's wrong, and what do I have o do to fix it?

PRESSURE is King. After taking apart my entire Ray-Vac and hoses, nothing seemed to fix my circling problem. I finally performed a full cleaning of all my mechanicals, especially the paper filter. I noticed a significant improvement in my water pressure and my Ray-Vac starting running all over the pool again doing her job like she used to. So, the Ray-Vac is very sensitive to water/jet pressure. Check your filter system. You want the most pressure you can get of out jet where you connect the Ray-Vac. This completely solved my problem.

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I have the same problem and the best solution is to repair/replace the hydro timer kit. It has inner gears that are plastic and wear down and doesn't rotate through the cycle of water flo that changes it's direction. I'm in the process of exhaustive repair and I'm going to replace the hydro timer - (inside part only) and then see what happens. Moving the gears did change it's moving patterns tho.

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