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Hayward Navigator Moves very slow

I have checked the suction, installed new pods, cleaned filters and adjusted the suction at the filter. Navigator is moving incredibly slow. What else could be the problem?

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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.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009


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Can the Navigator be adjusted for the speed?

The Speed of a Navigator is adjusted by water flow. There is no adjustment on the unit itself. The more flow through the unit the faster it will go. If the unit moves too fast or too slow proper cleaning may be sacrificed. The proper flow can be achieved using the flow meter that comes with the unit.

Many pools are set up with multiple shut-off valves in front of the pump. These regulate flow from bottom suction lines, skimmer suction lines, and vacuum suction lines. If you have these valves, make sure the valve on the line the vacuum is attached to is fully open and then adjust the flow by closing off the other valves slowly until proper flow is reached. This is where the flow meter is used.

If there are no valves and the Navigator is moving too fast, an in-line valve is also supplied with the unit and can be used to regulate the flow. This valve is installed between the vac hose and the port where the vacuum is connected to the pool (side port or skimmer).

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You need to check your water flow with the water flow gauge. The black disk should be between the min and max settings. If it is indicating a min reading, that is indicative of a problem with your pump and filter system and not the pool cleaner itself. You will need to check your pump to make sure that it is primed and operating correctly.

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Does the turbine spin freely when it is not connected to the suction hose? Sometimes even with a new turbine, they do not spin freely after you have put it back together. This is usually the problem. Also, depending on the type and shape of the pool, too much suction can cause the cleaner to **** to the floor causing drag. Hope this helps.

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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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Make sure the feet have springs in place, move freely, and rubber not too worn. If that all looks ok, then probably too much suction pressure. Use gauge that came with unit to verify proper suction.

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