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    multivalve issues

    Last season I replaced the spider gasket and it worked great. Now, when I do a backwash/rinse and go back to filter I lose a LOT of water out the backwash line. I took the top of the valve off and the gasket was sticking up a little bit, but it looks to be in good shape. I lubed it up and put the top back on. It then filtered all night without losing water. Went to backwash again today and had the same problem. Took the top off, and gasket looks fine. Put it back on and filtering without any leaks.
    The handle acts as though the spring is broken and it is hard to turn. The handle just goes up and down freely without any resistance when the top is on. When I take it off, the handle feels "normal" spring resistance but something is not right in there. There looks to be some sort of plastic ring under the handle that is broken.
    The multivalve is a Pentair SM-10-3. Parts list: Parts List

    I really do not want to replace the whole thing. Anyone have a similar experience and can give advice?
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    Re: multivalve issues

    Found a better parts list. PENTAIR

    Thinking I might need to replace the washer #25 and the handle #17. Although the handle has always felt this way...maybe I just need to glue the spider gasket down?
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    Re: multivalve issues

    Is it inappropriate to bump my own thread? If so, delete this post. I was just hoping for some insight before I start taking apart the multivalve. Thanks
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    Re: multivalve issues

    Hey there, not inappropriate

    It is going to take some time for people to come on and see your post that know what your talking about.. I have a cart filter, so I don't have those parts.. someone will be along that hopefully can help out...
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    Re: multivalve issues

    That's cool and if I get it figured out in the meantime I'll post it here. Pool guy is going to look at it today I think.


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    Re: multivalve issues

    This thread may be of some help with your issue.

    It looks like your valve's parts list is similar to my valve Pentair SM-20-2 . From the symptoms you're describing, I'd suspect the Spring is damaged or broken. I think the Spring P/N is the same for your valve -> 271161 .

    I'd also replace the broken Spring Washer P/N 271157 . That will affect the Handle rotation (smoother movement, etc).
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    Re: multivalve issues

    Problems fixed. Pool guy glued down the gasket re-lubed and replaced this washer:

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