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Navigator seems to do only one side of the pool. Gets stuck by the stairs,,,can't seem to back up. I have replace the rubber feet. It moves ok for a while and then will just sit in one spot for hours\ Thanks for any help

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With these pool cleaners, there are several things that you should try. First, make sure that you have proper waterflow. Too little or too much water flow into the cleaner can alter the movement and cause the cleaner to stay in one area or hang on steps. Check and clean your rear screen and make sure that you cone gear rotates both ways smoothly.If none of these seems to correct the problem, you will probably have to replace the gear box.

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