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My zodiak g3 just stopped moving. pulled filter still no good. shut off skimmer and only suction is thru is only about 14 mo old.

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Probally a diaprahm in your head is probally bad this can be checked by your pool store for you. Fourteen months is a short life for this and too much suction will cause this or you may just have something stuck in the diaprahm. For this you can just look down the throught of the unit and reach in with a long sitck or the like and see if you can feel anything in there.

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