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The viper is going in circles and will only clean the area around the drain. The reverse valve appears to be partially stuck in the open position.

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My Viper was stuck in partial reverse. After reading twbrenna's post, I searched for an exploded view diagram of the viper. This is what I did:
1. Remove the hose connection from the back of the viper by pressing in and rotating counter clockwise.2. Turn the viper upside down and remove the five screws holding the top shell to the bottom. Turn it right-side-up and gently remove the top from the bottom (be careful of the small, thin uprights above the wheels). Remove the wheels.3. Remove the internal cleaning tube that lead to the debris bag.4. Remove the retaining screw holding the internal part of the hose connection.5. Lift the Reverse timer up and out with a gentle wiggle, then lift the entire manifold up and out with a gentle wiggle.6. Inside the manifold (in the clear part) is a double plunger (grey with o-rings). Disassemble the manifold (take careful note of parts positions and the path of the hose to the reverse timer). Ensure the blue slide that connects to the plunger are stays on the manifold in the correct orientation. 7. Remove the white hose connection from the bell at the end of the grey plunger.8. Remove the plunger by pushing it out of the bell by the plunger arm.9. Clean the plunger and the bell with a soft-scrub sponge. Apply silicone grease (important) lightly to the inside of the bell and to both o-rings. Re-insert the plunger. 10. Between the clear upper part of and the opaque lower part of the manifold (where the blue slide is) is an o-ring. Apply silicone grease here too. Re-assemble, making sure that the slot on the plunger arm fits into the blue slide correctly.11. Snap the manifold back into position. Return the timer to the correct position. Replace the retaining screw on the internal part of the hose connection. 12. Grease and replace the wheels, ensuring the correct orientation of the front wheel with bearing (Hayward stamp down).13. Gently replace the top housing shell and screw down.
Fixed! Its about an hour project. If it doesn't work, a new manifold can be purchased on the internet for $90-140.

Posted on May 09, 2012

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    maciejka2 Jul 17, 2012

    Perfect, thanks! I followed your directions and the cleaner is working. It still has few problems but at least it is not stuck in permanent reverse. Two years ago I had the same problem and of course the store said I had to replace the manifold and some other part (over $200). This time I was smarter....

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I had a similiar problem. I took the sweep motor apart and used a scotch brite pad and smooted the inside of the piston that operates the spinout. I also lubed the o-ring seals with some vaseline before putting it back together. I also used the scotch brite pad on the little plastic part and its mating surface the piston operates.

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