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    Troubleshooting Air Leak

    I've been trying to troubleshoot a suction side air leak for quite some time (bubbles in water). I just created some smoke near various parts to see if I could identify where air might be getting sucked in. I found a definite area, but I'm not 100% sure if this is "normal" or not. Could you look at the following shared photos? I drew a red arrow exactly where the air is getting sucked in. Normal (for cooling the motor)? Or a sign of a shaft or other seal leak?

    air suction photos
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    Re: Troubleshooting Air Leak

    No, I don't think that will be it. That area is really not even part of the circulatory system.

    You suction side leak should be occurring somewhere between the skimmer and the impeller.
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    Re: Troubleshooting Air Leak

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    No, I don't think that will be it. That area is really not even part of the circulatory system.

    You suction side leak should be occurring somewhere between the skimmer and the impeller.
    Ok, thanks. Guess I'll keep digging (hopefully no pun intended...)
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    Re: Troubleshooting Air Leak

    Try shaving cream instead of smoke.
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