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Creepy sucking air, replaced hoses, but still have a problem all seals on pump okay. Pump working okay once creepy removed but sucks air as soon as creepy connected, its starts with a bang but eventually stops completely

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Below is a copy of the users manual for these pool cleaners. The trouble shooting section should help you find the solution that you are looking for.

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Answer: by Osko Pool n Spa Pool Pump Losing Suction or Prime If your Swimming Pools Filter system looses Prime, it is caused by one of the following conditions.
Note: The lost of suction/prime is caused a leak which in turn sucks air into the system. The lost of suction/prime will be anywhere from the Main Pool Skimmer(s) to the Pool Pump. It will NOT be from the Pool Pump to the Pools Main Return(s).
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3) Check all fittings, clamps and hoses from the pools skimmer to the Pools Pump Pot Housing for wear, tightness and leaks.
4) Check Pool Pump Pot Housing for cracks.
If everything aforementioned in good working order, the next thing to check is the Pump Pot Housing Main Seal and the Pumps Impeller and finally the pump.

5) While the Pool Pump Motor is running, carefully inspect the area where the Pump Pot Housing attaches to the Pump Motor. See if there is any water leaking. Next, spray the area with water and see if the water is sucked into the Housing. If so, your Main Seal is damaged.
6) Disassemble the front half of the Pump Pot Housing from the back half and inspect the Pump Motor Impeller. (This is a high suspect part). See if there is any sign of wear or breakage. (This happens over time from debris in the water passing over the impeller). If so, your Impeller is damaged.
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The creepy crawler is staying in one position, pulsating as if all good, all traps good, hose is collapsed down by insertion point. not sure what the problem is?

If the hose is collapsed then the pump is drawing more suction than the hose can withstand. This is caused by a restriction upstream.I would find out what is plugging the system. Once water is flowing normally it likely will correct both problems. I hope this helps.

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I baught my pool with the complete solar panel heating system and a chlourinator, but in winter my complete system packed up as there was no suction my creepy stopped sucking and there was no rotation what...

After everything else you have tried the only thing left would be to have a plumber perform a pressure test on the pump suction line(s) back to floor drains and skimmers. They should be able to locate exactly where the leak is. Be sure you tell them it is a pool they are testing since not all plumbers have the proper equipment. You can also check with local pool service companies but again, not many will have the exact tools to locate the leak for you. Be specific when calling to avoid problems.


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My creepy crawley will not pulsate, or does for 5 minutes then stops pulsating but keeps on sucking. I have read a few complaints and from what I can gather, I need to replace the flapper valve. What is...

ok first of all the flapper is located right in the center at the bottom of the creepy crawley. Pull it out of the pool turn it upside down and you can actually move it with your hands and it will feel like it loose and not really connected. Anyhow check in the mouth - opening for any kind of obstuction (leaves,twigs or anything foreign that may be causing it to fail. There can be something flopping around inside causing it to work sporadic or the flapper may need replaced however I doubt that. Next you need to check your circulation. Is there to much suction? this would cause it to stay in one spot and not move. Do you have an air leak causing the pump to lose prime and then regain it over and over? There are two ways you can check for air. At the pump basket - if you have a clear top can you see bubbles or on your return lines to the pool is there bubbles coming out? To much circulation and poor circulation can cause the creepy to do weird things. When was your filter last cleaned? Is there the required amount D.E. inside? Have you backwashed the filter at all? The last thing to check would be the hoses connected to the creepy crawley. Some hoses become loosly connected and start sucking air. Some hoses rub along the plaster continuously in the same spot causing holes. Although unlikely, poor water chemistry - chemical damage can cause hoses to deteriate over the years.

I hope this helps. Please feel free to submit any further questions you may have and I will be glad to answer them for you. Good Luck!!

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Need some advice . I have replaced all working parts that can be replaced on this stupid machine still does not want to work . The minute I connect the creepy to the wear inlet it will work for few...

A clogged line or an air leak in the plumbing will cause this.
If you have a small sponge or rag that will ball up to about 2x2x2 inches, with the system on put this into the suction port in the wall. If it get's to the pump basket it probably is not a clogged line.
If you cover this line and you get air back in the system then it is a leak in the system.
If you have a clog you may be able to work it out with a probe and or a flush bag. If not for that and an air leak it may be time for a repairman.

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My creepy sucks for a while and then stops

There are several things that you need to check if these pool cleaners stop working or lose suction. Check for debris or obstructions in the flapper. If you have something making your flapper lose its seal or prevent flapper movement, your water flow can be restricted. Make sure that you filter and pump are not becoming clogged with debris. Make sure that the main drain and all suction lines are closed except for the line you are using to run the pool cleaner.

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It sounds like your house weights need to be adjusted. When the pool cleaner is resting, it should always sit at a 45 degree angle on the bottom of the pool. If it stands up on the front side, try sliding the weight away from the cleaner head. You may need to make several small adjustments to get the balance right, but this is almost surely your problem. Here is a copy of the users manual if you want to read more about hose weights and balance:

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This usually happens when there is a small stick jambing in the bottom of the openning in the Kreepy Krauly where it sucks in the water and rubbish. It is the rubber tube that has a ****, usually something is jambed in the **** to prevent it from thumping.

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