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My barracuda won't keep moving and i notice there are bubbles in the return valve

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It sounds like your pool cleaners connection to is lose or cracked at some point. If bubbles are entering at the return line, check the connection and make sure it is tight. Look for cracks in the hose also. Finally, check the gasket in the pump basket for damage or wear. When you find the source of the leak, you can fix it and the cleaner should continue running normally.

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