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My hayward pool navigator does not move any more. I just bought it for two month

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Check for debris that may be stopping the turbine from spinning. If that is not it and the turbine spins freely, check the bearings on the turbine and a-frames. If you have a rough finish in your pool such as pebble tec, check the pod shoes for excessive wear.

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Hayward Navigator just had shoes and wings replaced. Everything seems to be working but moves extremely slow, even when suction is increased.

Did you have the turbine and A-Frame inspected or the gear box at the back of the cleaner looked at? Hayward Navigators are 100% repairable and most every pool store carries every single part to make the repairs. If these parts are also worn down, you will notice performance issues with your cleaner.
Before we assume the worst, lets run the cleaner through a few inspections.
Simple Troubleshooting for your Hayward Navigator When It Is Not Moving

The most common reason the Hayward Navigator stops moving is there is something blocking the mouth of the cleaner. Pull the cleaner out of the water while the equipment is turned off and make sure the cleaner is not clogged with debris or plugged with a pool toy. Also, make sure that all the internal components are properly installed.

Not Enough Suction - Next, verify that there is enough suction to allow the cleaner to work properly. While the pool equipment is on, lift the Hayward Navigator to just below the surface of the water and feel to see if there is a reasonable amount of suction getting to the cleaner. If there doesn't seem to be enough pressure, make sure all baskets are clear of debris, the main pool filter is clean, and that the diverter valve is open to the pool cleaner.

Small Debris Inside the Navigator - If there seems to be enough suction getting to the Navigator, but the pods are not moving back and forth, there is probably some small debris inside the cleaner that is stopping the turbine from moving. In order to remove any debris from inside the cleaner, remove the small access cover from the bottom of the cleaner by loosening the one screw until the plate pulls off. Use your fingers or the hose to clean the inside of the cleaner out.

If following these simple troubleshooting tips doesn't correct your cleaner issue, there is probably a mechanical issue. Take your cleaner into a local swimming pool retailer or have a service company out to assist (though most pool stores will not ever charge you for labor to make repairs!)

Thank you for posting your question on Fix Ya! I hope to have been of some help to you regarding this issue and if you need some additional clarification, please feel free to let me know what happened with your cleaner! We also appreciate your feedback in letting the world know if you were satisfied with our help!

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Dec 11, 2010 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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My Navigator Pro is 3 months old. The pads and wings are in good shape. I have plenty of suction, but the Navigator won't move. I didn't see anything stuck, but the rocking feet will not move. I thought...

You should be able to move them with your hands. If you can't, the only thing I can think of is that something is stuck in one or both of them. Remove the pods(the pieces on the sides) and clean them up including where they go into the body. The cleaner is too new to need any repair. Be sure when you put them back on that you tighten the screws all the way.

Nov 21, 2010 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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Does not move even after replacing shoes

The other parts that need replacing about every 12-18 months are the wings, flaps, pods, A-frame, turbine and, not as often, the gearbox. Also, make sure you tighten the screws on the pods all the way or they won't be able to move the cleaner properly.

Nov 18, 2010 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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The Hayward Navigator pool sweep does not move. The pressure is 7.5, the suction seems to be okay, and the "flippers" move, but the pool sweep just sits there.

You may need to replace the pads on the flippers. You can get new 'feet' for your cleaner at any dealer . They just pull off and press on, They go on only one way so check the tabs before you press them on.

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Jun 06, 2010 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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My hayward navigator just moves in a circle. I picked up the navigator and saw that one of the paddles is not moving. When i pressed down on the paddle that was not moving it starts moving but as soon as I...

It wouldn't hurt to replace the pods (paddles). Also, the wings, flaps, A-frame, turbine, feet(shoes) and the gearbox. All of these things wear and should be done about every 12-18 months, as needed. Before you do any of this, though, try tightening the screw on the pod that's not working. These screws need to be very tight.

May 20, 2010 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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How to use the Hayward navigator cleaner, we bought a house that has a pool and it also was lucky enough to have a automatic Hayward navigator but no instructions on how to use it?

Here is a link to an online version of the users manuel for this particular model of pool cleaner. You can look through it and if you have any additional questions, let me know and I will be glad to help you. I am actually quite familiar with this model.

Hayward Navigator Users Manual

May 16, 2010 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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Hayward Navigator Moves very slow

check the bearings on the turbine and "a" frames.
also make sure the left and right pods are tightened properly and the pod shoes are in good shape.

Sep 05, 2009 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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Hayward navigator is a piece of junk.

Try useing THE POOL CLEANER im in the pool industry and switched to these due to always having to perform repairs on the navigator

Jun 14, 2009 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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Hayward pool cleaner wont move

sounds like the turbine or a-frame bearings are bad. A turbine kit with a-frames will be a solution. Also check the pod shoes for wear, should be a good 1/4" or better.

May 19, 2009 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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