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chuck johnson
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pump doesnt prime

Postby chuck johnson » Tue 01 Apr, 2008 15:04

I am having trouble getting my pump to prime, if I take the pump cover off and fill it up with water and switch it on it will try to start but then the water stops coming out of the jets. I dont know where to start to fix this, thanks for any help.

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pump doesnt prime

Postby muss08 » Tue 01 Apr, 2008 19:18

Has this ever happened in the past? You could try sticking a drain king in your skimmer line to force water to the pump after you have filled the pump and started it. You could also have a suction side leak which is causing air to mess up the prime. Make sure your pump lid is securely on and the gasket is clean and lubed.
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pump doesnt prime

Postby AZ Dry Heat » Thu 01 May, 2008 17:24

Check your pump impeller for debris, which may cause it to not prime. Make sure the motor cannot turn on while doing this!

The motor & impeller assembly can be removed (on mine anyway) from the pump housing by removing the big Adel clamp and pulling the motor back. Then you can easily access the impeller.

I paid a guy $50 to do this when I had the home warranty, which he fixed in about 5 minutes. He didn't even take the pump apart - just got the palm tree debris out with a screwdriver thru the strainer opening to the pump. Glad I watched - now I solve this easily any time.
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lube oring...with what?

Postby dougvr » Tue 06 May, 2008 21:12

What exactly do you use to lube the o ring which I suspect is letting air in by the filter basket?

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