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My navigator will only move at a snells pace. I have changed every moving part also checked hoses and cleaned filter. I the skimmer and botom drain closed. what can I do to make it move faster.

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With these pool cleaners, it is most likely slow or improper water flow through the cleaner. Check your water flow and adjust if necessary. I would also suggest that you check all of the things that you have already checked. The other problem would be that this cleaner might be the incorrect size for your pool, filter, and pump setup.

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