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    pump help

    I've searched around both the forum and the web and can't really find the info I need. So if I've missed it please point me in the right direction.

    I've got a Sta Rite Max-E-Pro (P6RA6YF-206L) that's running hot. The other day it was running on high and it shut down (assuming thermal protection) since it was very hot and then ended up coming back on after a bit. Even on low it seems to get pretty hot now.

    I disconnected it, took it apart based on vids I found online, and tried to see if there was anything that needed to be cleaned or greased.

    On the impeller side, I didn't see any water past the seal. Here's a picture...is this scale and does it indicate the seal needs to be replaced?


    On the motor side I got a little bit of junk out of the housing slots, but when I tried to take it apart 3 of the 4 long thin bolts snapped. I went real slow and had put oil on them, but they broke real easy. Was there any point in me trying to take those out? Now that they're broken, how do I fix them? I couldn't figure out how to get the motor out of the housing.

    So given all that, I am planning on putting it back together and hooking it back up today until I better know what I need to do. I was hoping there would be something obvious I could fix that was causing the overheating. But I don't feel I did anything to help (and instead now have 3 broken bolts I don't know how to access to fix).

    Let me know if there is any additional info I should provide. And thanks for any help!
    ~25k gallon, IG,Vinyl, Sta-Rite System3 Cartridge Filter, Installed June 2010

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    Re: pump help

    Looks like water getting past the seal. Shot bearings? Does the shaft turn smoothly and easily? Sounds like time to replace the motor if the housing bolts broke. Get a 2 speed, cheaper to run in the long run, unless your electric rates are high (>$.30 KHW).
    17K Kidney Shaped Pool Concrete (Diamond Bright) Pool, 3/4 hp 2 speed 115V Sta-rite Duraglas PEA5D-180L/P2R5D-181L (Impeller C105-92PS Diffuser C1-216P), 1.5 piping, Pentair CC100 Filter , Heat Siphon 100K BTU Heat Pump Pool Heater, Flow meter Blue White Flowmeter Model No. F-30150P, Hayward Astrolight SP0581N, SWCG CalimarTitanium Edition TE45 , Dolphin Nautilus Plus with CleverClean, Lakeland Florida

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    Re: pump help

    Without going long, you had a leaking seal hence the white stuff. You can't di anything about the tie bolts;based on 30 years fixing motors, you need a new motor.

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    Re: pump help

    Thanks for the info guys. I can turn the shaft but not ever having it apart before I don't know if it's as smooth as it should be.

    So if I need a new motor what's my best option? This one was only 5 years old and being up north only ran half the year. Is that the expected lifetime for these things?

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    Re: pump help

    Depends on the user, replacing shaft seals, exposure to weather and so on. You can pick up a re-manufactured motor pretty inexpensively. You don't need to change out the whole pump.
    17K Kidney Shaped Pool Concrete (Diamond Bright) Pool, 3/4 hp 2 speed 115V Sta-rite Duraglas PEA5D-180L/P2R5D-181L (Impeller C105-92PS Diffuser C1-216P), 1.5 piping, Pentair CC100 Filter , Heat Siphon 100K BTU Heat Pump Pool Heater, Flow meter Blue White Flowmeter Model No. F-30150P, Hayward Astrolight SP0581N, SWCG CalimarTitanium Edition TE45 , Dolphin Nautilus Plus with CleverClean, Lakeland Florida

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