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Is the cleaner getting stuck at steps, corners, etc? If so, your spin out is too short. Change the cam to the "winter" position to increase the pool cleaners spin out.

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Mine had this problem too 6 months ago and I successfully fixed it . I will try to describe the remedy as best I can. I will use the same part names that Hayward does on their diagrams (easily found on google). The unit has 2 pistons that are attached laterally to the manifold. They move in and out slowly to direct the flow of water for the "turn around" function. They seem to be the root of many problems that long term phantom owners are all too familiar with.

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The Phantom is not a trouble free unit by any stretch, but I do think pool stores have taken advantage of the situation by often unnecessarily replacing major components. I'm basing this on some of the posts have read in pool foums. It reminds me of German car dealerships!
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