Saturday, August 25, 2012

The Pool Cleaner Turning Problems

The Pool Cleaner Turning Problems:

This is a short guide on how to troubleshoot a Poolvergnuegen Pool Cleaner that doesn’t turn or is turning in circles. This could be caused by a stuck wheel or a single wheel that doesnt move.
Click on any image to see a larger version.

Before starting, check that the pool sweep is getting enough suction. Pull the unit up to the side of the pool.
While the system is running, unplug the hose from the pool cleaner and using your hand check that water is being pulled into the hose.

If there is suction from the hose, plug the hose back into the pool cleaner. The wheels should start moving.

If one wheel moves freely alone see below on replacing a wheel hub.

If one or more wheels do not move, while the system is turned off, remove the pool cleaner from the water and remove the connecting hose.

The wheels should not move independently of the other wheel(s). Each wheel is attached to at least one gear that is in some way connected to the other wheel(s).

If one wheel is does not move, check for obstructions in the wheels from the outside.

 If none is found, you will need to open the unit in order to look for an obstruction.
 Using a phillips head screw driver, remove the top 3 screws from the top.
 Once the screws are removed (or just unscrewed as far as they will go) the top cover can now be pulled up and off.

If you need to access the center main turbine the middle section with the hose connecter can now be pulled straight up and off

If you can spin one wheel and the other does not move, then the plastic wheel hub or drive gear on that specific wheel has worn down and will need to be replaced.
The drive gear for either side of the unit can only be changed by opening the pool cleaner top and removing the associated wheel.

This is was not necessary for this specific unit full instructions are not provided here.

Replacing a pool cleaner wheel (hub):
To begin, you need a replacement wheel hub. For a white pool cleaner, the part number is 896584000-051. In this example, we will be working on a black limited edition unit. The part number of the black wheel hub is 896584000-532.

Remove the wheel that needs to be replaced with an allen wrench.

Completely remove the center allen screw.
The wheel can now be pulled straight out away from the cleaner and off.

The rubber tire needs to be pulled off. Start with one side and pull it up and over to one side.

Continue to go around the wheel, removing the tire completely.

You can see in the pictures the difference in gear teeth between the new and old wheel hubs. (click on the pictures to see a larger version)
 The new is on top and the old on bottom.

The old tire will need to be pulled onto the new wheel hub. Start on one side and work your way around, pulling the tire up and over in place.

To attach the new hub to the pool cleaner, we only need to do the opposite of how we took it off.
Hold the wheel up to the pool cleaners side and insert the screw though the hub in to the side of the pool cleaner.
Tighten with you allen wrench, this only needs to be snug and the end flush with the side of the hub, do not force this screw in too far.

Test that the wheel no longer moves independently.
Place the pool cleaner back into the pool, connect hose and restart the system.


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