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    Polaris 180 rebuild parts

    It limped along last year, and got us through the summer, but It has already broken down on me twice this year, and I have had to fish it out of the pool once. I have some questions about the different parts, and if anyone has (cheap) suggestions I am all ears. I'm a poor man trying to help my family live the pool life dream here, so keep that in mind!

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    1. What is the back up valve (I know which part it is on the cleaner) and what is its function on the cleaner? It has a TON of water (seems like more than last year) flowing from it which I assume is part of the reason old girl (son named her the Decepticon) just isn't doing it this year.

    2. I know I need a sweep hose (and barb) for it, but the screw that is at the end of the hose, is it an attaching screw? I saw somewhere on another model that it is an adjustment?? I assume this adjusts the water flow through the sweeper hose making it slither this way and that.

    3. I see axle and gear replacements on ebay, but the wheels on the buss go round and round just fine, I think my problem is more on water flow through the cleaning system, not the drive system.... BUT would I be smart to do this?

    4. The leaf bag..... oh, the poor leaf bag. OK.... I KNOW I need a bag, but the clamp that holds it to the cleaner keeps coming out. I see bags all over the place for other Polaris models that APPEAR to come with the clamp, but I cant seem to find any for the ole 180. Any ideas??

    5. There is another "port" or "nipple" on the back of the cleaner, that looks like another hose should be attached, but there isn't?? Is this port maybe the "exhaust" from the drive system? I know, I know

    6. Someone told me that I need to check my Thruster?? What is that, and how do I check it?

    7. Is there anything else I need to look at/ inspect to get more life out of this thing??

    8. Where is the best/ least expensive place to search for needed parts? Any of you have anything (including money) you would like to donate??
    25,000 gallon IG with vinyl liner. Not sure how old it is. Sand filter, not sure what brand/size, Hayward Super Pump c48k2n143b1. I have a Polaris 180 cleaner on it's last wheel (haha). I'm still not sure about water restrictions, but haven't gotten any hate mail about the amt I used last summer. I absolutely LOVE my TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: Polaris 180 rebuild parts

    25,000 gallon IG with vinyl liner. Not sure how old it is. Sand filter, not sure what brand/size, Hayward Super Pump c48k2n143b1. I have a Polaris 180 cleaner on it's last wheel (haha). I'm still not sure about water restrictions, but haven't gotten any hate mail about the amt I used last summer. I absolutely LOVE my TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: Polaris 180 rebuild parts

    I have actually found that it may not be a 180 after all. From what I see, the 180 bag is only held on by Velcro, and mine has the clamp with oval shaped notches. I will look for the model number tonight.
    25,000 gallon IG with vinyl liner. Not sure how old it is. Sand filter, not sure what brand/size, Hayward Super Pump c48k2n143b1. I have a Polaris 180 cleaner on it's last wheel (haha). I'm still not sure about water restrictions, but haven't gotten any hate mail about the amt I used last summer. I absolutely LOVE my TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: Polaris 180 rebuild parts

    Lettuce know which cleaner it is and we can better answer your questions. If you're not positive, post a pic. See also this page:

    How To Identify Which Polaris Pool Cleaner You Have - INYOPools.com
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    12,000 gal. IG Colorquartz, 1.65hp Sta-Rite with 2-spd motor, 300sf cartridge, disabled SWG, AquaLogic P4, Polaris 280, gas+solar, 6' sheer descent with dedicated pump

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    Re: Polaris 180 rebuild parts

    It is a 280. 2 jets, and oval clips holding the bag on
    25,000 gallon IG with vinyl liner. Not sure how old it is. Sand filter, not sure what brand/size, Hayward Super Pump c48k2n143b1. I have a Polaris 180 cleaner on it's last wheel (haha). I'm still not sure about water restrictions, but haven't gotten any hate mail about the amt I used last summer. I absolutely LOVE my TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: Polaris 180 rebuild parts

    Quote Originally Posted by bignick View Post
    Lettuce know which cleaner it is and we can better answer your questions. If you're not positive, post a pic. See also this page:

    How To Identify Which Polaris Pool Cleaner You Have - INYOPools.com
    that is the site I found the other day that lead me to know mine was actually a 280 vs a 180 lol
    25,000 gallon IG with vinyl liner. Not sure how old it is. Sand filter, not sure what brand/size, Hayward Super Pump c48k2n143b1. I have a Polaris 180 cleaner on it's last wheel (haha). I'm still not sure about water restrictions, but haven't gotten any hate mail about the amt I used last summer. I absolutely LOVE my TF-100 test kit.

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