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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.

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Possibly worn shoes or access cover. Install hayward main drain bumper. Its sold as bumper for pool vac ultra. Works on most covers. You'll see the concept and figure it out.

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You need to shut your main drain off. Your cleaner acts as a roving main drain and picks up heavy dirt. Tyhis replaces the main drain. When you leave it active the cleaner suction and the main drain suction together cause the cleaner to stop dead.

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