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I pulled my Phantom out of storage last week, placed it in the pool and it just goes around in circles. Water is slightly spraying around the little marble in the cam spin-out part but the clock hands go around properly. What part should I replace?

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If it is going in circles, it is most likely a hose problem. Try laying the hose stretched out on a sunny day. Leave it for several hours. It may help to straighten the hose. If you can't get is reformed, you might have to replace the hose or the connection in the back of the cleaner. This is a common problem with this kind of automatic pool cleaner, especially if you coil the hose when you store the cleaner. That is never a good idea.

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