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MY Baracuda can be prompted manually to start by pulling and shaking - it runs varying times and stops - sometimes only a few minutes - my filters and baskets are clean? help please!

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Check your Star Control settings to make sure that you are getting adequate pressure. If you get a blue or black reading, you are not getting adequate flow and need to increase (aim for the yellow zone). You will also want to make sure that you don't have any obstructions that are preventing movement (in the mouth of the cleaner or hose). If these are not the cause, I would make sure that you have assembled the cleaner correctly. Here is a copy of the users manual for these pool cleaners.

http://www.baracuda.com/resources/manuals/W83309.pdf

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