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The polaris keeps toppling over. Float is ok no

The polaris keeps toppling over. Float is ok no holes. My pool has a flat bottom does this cause the problem? The pool is 10'x20' and 4 feet deep. Instead of turning the Polaris falls over.

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On the rear of the polaris the jet is a swivel, it propells the polaris set it a 11:00 o'clock and it should travel level.

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Hoses keep getting tears. I've lengthened and shortened hoses and still getting holes in newly purchased hoses. What could be causing this

they make reducers for pressure a blue one and a red one contact your pool distributor or turn valve off a little

Aug 02, 2012 | Polaris Pool & Spa

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Check the float on the back of the machine. If that is full of water, it seems to provide enough drag to force the chain of the drive gear.

I have practically replaced the entire inside of my machine, and learned the hard way that the mechanics are pretty sound.

Note that Polaris appear to have adopted a "rip the customer off on spare parts" strategy. I had to purchase the entire 'redesigned' back for 90 bucks in order to replace a float that should have cost around 10-15 (IMHO) dollars.

SO ----
1) Check the float to confirm my theory. If the float is full of air, it's back to the drawing board. If not, carry on with the following instructions.
2) Lift the 'tail' of the polaris that clips the float in place
3) GENTLY try to pull the float out (newer models appear to have it screwed into place). If it comes out easily, carry on to step 5
4) If it does not come out, you will have to remove the entire back, and then unscrew the float.
5) Locate the collar that sticks out from the bottom of the float, and drill a small hole, into the middle of the collar, and through the float's wall
6) **** all the water out of the float
7) Fill the seam that joins the halves of the float together , AND the hole you drilled, with plumber's epoxy.
8) replace float
9) If necessary, replace the back of the polaris.

Hopefully you will get a few more summers out of your machine before having to replace the float altogether.

Good luck

May 25, 2012 | Polaris 3900 Sport Pool Cleaner ()

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What is causing my polaris 180 to float more than its on the bottom of the pool?

The cleaner could be getting too much pressure from the return line, causing it to lose suction and fly off the bottom. Confirm that the blue restrictor disk is installed in the UWF to decrease water flow. If it is installed, try installing the red restrictor disk that came with your pool cleaner to decrease the flow even more. You should also check your wheel RPM. If it is higher than 32 RPM, unscrew the pressure relief valve to decrease the water flow to the cleaner. It is important to note that the pressure relief valve should only be adjusted when a restrictor is installed.

Jun 29, 2011 | Polaris 180 In Ground Pool Cleaner In...

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20 month old 3900 Polaris, Drive chain keeps slipping off of toothed sprocket. No teeth missing on sprocket. How do I keep chain from coming off?

Check the float on the back of the machine. Mine was full of water. As soon as I replaced it , everything ran perfectly again.

I tried every possible 'obvious' solution, from new wheel bearings to a new chain tensioner-thingie. You will notice that there is actually relatively little room for the chain to slip off the drive gear.

Seems that this additional weight a) turns the float into a sink and b) provides enough drag to force chain slippage.

After replacing the float, everything runs perfectly again. Of course, our friends at Polaris have now decided that you cannot simply buy a new float. You have to buy the ENTIRE BACK, paying 90 bucks for something that should cost no more than 10 - 15! Scoundrels.

Jan 01, 2011 | Polaris 3900 Sport Pool Cleaner ()

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Unit seems to be nose down position front wheel makes contact back and side wheels don't

With these pool cleaners, this is a common and easily corrected problem. Check the following things. First, make sure that the filter bag is not full. If it is, it could be weighing down the cleaner on one side. Next, remove the head float and shake it. If there is water in the float, you will need to replace it. This is most likely the cause of your problem. Finally, check the hose floats to make sure that they are evenly spaced and are not causing the cleaner to float improperly.

Jul 28, 2010 | Polaris 380 In Ground Pool Cleaner

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Polaris 380 stand on nose while on will not move off

There are several things that you can check on these automatic pool cleaners to try and correct this problem. First, make sure that the filter bag is not full. A weighed down bad can cause the cleaner to tip onto the nose. If there is water in the head float, you will need to replace it. Make sure your hose floats are spaced correctly so that they are not causing the cleaner to float incorrectly.

May 17, 2010 | Polaris 380 In Ground Pool Cleaner

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Pool polaris 280

If the cleaner is going too fast then it is likely that there is too much water flow at the drive turbine. Is there a pressure relief valve in the water supply line (at the edge of the pool)? If so then change the tension on the spring to allow less water to get to the cleaner's drive turbine.
The speed of the Polaris is probably the cause of the front wheel lifting as well, however if (after adjusting the water pressure) the front wheel still won't stay on the pool bottom, then perhaps adjust the little jet at the back of the casing. Mine points a little "down" towards the pool floor and this tends to raise the bac k wheel (or alternatively keeps the front wheel in contact with the pool bottom or wall).

By the way, if you want to see how the cleaner works, then search for eHow and lookm at the repair/overhaul of the Polaris 180............. the mechanism is similar.
Good luck.

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