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Dry vac will **** water normally, than the motor makes a higher pitched sound and stops suction. Does this have anything to do with the filter si since it is in bad shape and hasn't been replaced?

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No it usually means that the vac is full and the ball then floats up and blocks the vac so that water doesn't get sprayed everywhere.

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