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Cleaner goes up against edge of wall (base of wall of pool and floor intersect) and stays at this location

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This is a common problem with these automatic pool cleaners and one that can usually be easily corrected. First you should make sure that the wings and shoes are installed properly and are not worn. Replace them if needed. Improper water flow could also be a cause. Check the water flow to the cleaner and regulate if necessary. Often times, too little water flow is the culprit. Make sure that there is not blockage in the throat or hose. Also, check to be sure that the tension flap on the back is not too tight.

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