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My navigator pool cleaner just runs around one end of the pool and never travels to the other end unless I carry it down there and drop it. After doing so it tracks back to the other end in a short time and remains there.

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You may need to replace the gear box assembly that steers the unit. Inspect the turbine bearings and the a-frame bearings, you may need a turbine kit to make it run like new again. Also, check the shoes to make sure they're not worn unevenly or worn too much, they are about 1/2" thick when new.

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New navigator stays in deep end 99% of time, comes to shallow end, turns around & goes back to deep end

If your filter is placed toward the deep end of your pool, it could be that the pool cleaners hose is too short to reach the shallow end. You might want to test it and add more hose if necessary. It could also be a steering failure. There are a couple things to check if this is happening. Check and clean the rear screen. Make sure that your cone gear is free and rotates smoothly. You might also need to clean, repair, or replace your gearbox.

Jul 18, 2011 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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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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Navigator sitcks on pool drain and won't move off

You will need to shut your drain down completely. If you get suction through the drain and the cleaner they will stick together. With the cleaner the drain is redundent anyway.

Sep 27, 2010 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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If it's an older Navigator and it just recently started to hang up on the drain cover, replace the throat assembly, part 29. The lugs or hold offs on the bottom of the assembly have worn down and are not breaking the suction as the Navigator travels over the top of the domed drain cover. Replaced mine and no longer have the "my navigator gets stuck on the main drain" problem.

Aug 06, 2010 | Hayward Navigator Pool Cleaner

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Will not travel into shallow end

The first problem that you have is that you indicated that you have a Zippy pool cleaner by Zodiac. This cleaner is designed for above ground, flat bottomed pools. If you are using it for a dished above ground or in ground pool with a shallow end, the cleaner and the hose itself are not compatible with your pool. That is why it is not going to the shallow end of your pool. I would consider looking for pool cleaners that are designed for in ground pools if you want it to cleaner properly.

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Sweeper does not reach end of pool

Check your returns. They may be getting a flo going in the pool that keeps the cleaner from getting to one end. Usually this is due to the current pushing the floating hose around pool. To fix this simply aim the returns down into the pool rather up on the surface. It sounds like you have enough hose. I hope this helps you good luck.

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Hello,I just hooked my Baracuda G3 up today.I feel like I followed directions and it does travel around the pool.However it follows the same track each time in a somewhat figure 8 pattern and only cleans...

Try changing the angle of your return jets in the pool they will have a tendency to set a current running in the pool. This was always what you wanted before to get the water to run past the skimmer but now it will give the cleaner a hard time getting around the pool. If you don't have directionals on you returns Baracuda makes an aftermarket dirvirter to fit most returns.

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Can I keep my hayward navigator working permanently? I was told that if I keep it working permanently it can be damaged. Is it true?

Yes just be sure the suction is not up to high. Many people beleve that in order for your cleaner to work it must zip around the pool. Your cleaner has hours of run time to clean the pool and a slow even pace is recomended. If youadjust your suction to the cleaner just till the pump starts to make noise then back it off your probally adjusted just right. If the suction is kept high so the cleaner runs fast it will pull harder to the floor wearing parts and causing the unit to work harder also wearing parts. The idea of the cleaner is to slowley go about cleaning your pool not the money out of your wallet. In my humbel oppion you have the best cleaner on the market. Ck with your local and see if they have any promotions. I worked in a store that ran a two weak promotion every summer called Hayward Days and we would give away wings and feet for the cleaners so people would bring them and we could keep them aware of the importnance of maintance over repair.

Aug 04, 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; it travels to 1/2 of the pool; when I put it in the other 1/2, it crawls back to the other half. There is no debris inside. I have tried it on all 3 settings.

You probally have to redirect your returns. They may be causing a current in the pool that keeps the cleaner in one end of the pool. If you point them straight down this will often help. Or just in another direction. It will take half an hour or so to break the current up. I hope this helps. Good luck.

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