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I have exactly the same problem-Navigator only turns to the left

Until hose is completely twisted. I have replaced wings and shoes look good. The navigator was great when I bought it Not so great $120 w/ repairs last year. This year I'm thinking sledge hammer or the wheels of my truck!!!!!!!! Help

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It sounds like it needs a turbine kit with a-frames, it's a common problem with this cleaner. you can expect to install a turbine kit every other season if not sooner. If the wings and shoes are good, check the bearings both on the turbine and the a-frames. If they're good, check steering valve. hope this helps...

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If you are sure that you are getting proper water flow and suction, and you are sure that the shoes and wings are installed properly, it sounds like it is going to be a problem with your pool cleaners gearbox. If this is the case, you need to take it to a pool professional to have it serviced. This is not something someone untrained in pool cleaner electronics can do.

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There are a couple solutions that you might want to try with these pool cleaners if they are getting stuck on your drain. First, check your water flow and make sure that it is sufficient to move the cleaner. Make sure that the shoes and wings are not worn. If you have worn shoes, they could be sticking on the drain instead of passing smoothly over it. Finally, check for any blockages in the throat or hoses.

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Make sure that the shoes and wings are not worn on your automatic pool cleaner. Replace them if necessary. Make sure that there is not improper water flow. Clear any blockages in the throat. Make sure that your hose is not too short. Check for proper tension in the cleaner's rear flap.

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I hmy navagator running on its side


With Hayward Navigator pool cleaners, it could be one of several problems making it run on its side. I would first check the shoes and the wings to make sure that they are not damaged or worn. If they are, they should be replaced. Make sure that the throat is not blocked and is free of debris. Check your water flow with the water flow gauge and make sure that it is not turned up too high. Finally, make sure that your hose does not have a bend or other obstruction making it function improperly.

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My navigator is suctioning however when it hits a wall it simply stays there and won't turn around any more.


With these automatic pool cleaners, it is often a problem with the water flow not being correct. Test your cleaner to make sure that the water flow is coming out properly. Adjust the water flow gauge if necessary. Make sure that the shoes and wings are in good shape and not functioning properly. Make sure that the rear screen if clear or debris. Make sure that the cone gear rotates freely in both directions. If none of these work, you might have to replace your gear box.

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You might need to replace the shoes or the wings. With these automatic pool cleaners, you often have to replace the wings. It is not a hard or expensive thing to do. You will just need to order the replacement parts from Hayward or an autorized dealer.

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Navigator Pool Cleaner: the right wing of my navigator is not moving nearl...


It sounds like it might be a problem with your return pressure. Make sure that you are getting even pressure released on both sides of your automatic pool cleaner. Pick it up while it is on and see if you are getting more pressure on one side. If you are, adjust your valve. If you seem to be getting even pressure, it could be that you did not install the shoes or wings correctly. Check to be sure that both sides are installed properly and evenly.

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Navigator Pool Cleaner: My Hayward pool cleaner just goes in small circles...


Check all of the following. Ones of these issues is probably causing your pool cleaner to go in circles. Let me know if these soultions don't work and I will be glad to offer more solutions, but I a think one of these might solve your problem:

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.
3. Check for worn shoes and wings. Replace if necessary.
4. Check and clean the rear screen.
5. Check to make sure that the gears are clear and they they rotate smoothly in both directions.
6. Clean, repair, or replace the gear box.
7. Check turbine and spindle gear assembly, as well as all connections, and make adjustments as necessary.

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Hayward navigator (Gunnite pool) does not move. If I hold by hose, in water, suspended above bottom, the unit does not turn. Hose in good shape , valves in correct position. previous to this it was...


you need to install a turbine kit with "a" frames. sounds like your bearings are bad either on the turbine, "a " frames, or both. A set of shoes would be a good idea as well.

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