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    Can't remove pump lid

    At times I've always had some trouble getting my pump lid off to clear out my strainer basket, but I could eventually get it off after using some more elbow grease.

    But after lubing the 'O' ring last week, I can't get the lid off now. For 3 days I've tried to the point where I've strained a muscle in my forearm.

    Anyone have any suggestions before i take a sledgehammer to this pump and smash it out of spite?


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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Could be suction holding it, on try opening the pressure gauge on your filter and wait till the air sucking sound goes away then try the pump lid.
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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Quote Originally Posted by atttech-2 View Post
    Could be suction holding it, on try opening the pressure gauge on your filter and wait till the air sucking sound goes away then try the pump lid.
    No air sucking sound occurs when i open the pressure gauge, water just drips down.


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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Tap it gently with a large rubber mallet. What did you use to lube the 0-ring.
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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Leslie's pool & spa lube.


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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    Tap it gently with a large rubber mallet. What did you use to lube the 0-ring.
    Tapped all around the lid with a mallet, still won't budge...


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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    I've been using a strap wrench on mine. they are very cheap.

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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Quote Originally Posted by mulia View Post
    I've been using a strap wrench on mine. they are very cheap.
    I will pick one up tomorrow and give it a try, thanks!


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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    I ended up using a large clamp with rubber grips. Learned my lesson on how tight it needs to be. Rest that arm, Its a long summer!
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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Can you post a picture?

    Also, don’t use Teflon based lube, it’s no good. Only use Silicone based lube (Boss 820, Jack’s 327 or magic lube II red label).

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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Quote Originally Posted by rbinn View Post
    I ended up using a large clamp with rubber grips. Learned my lesson on how tight it needs to be. Rest that arm, Its a long summer!
    I'm definitely resting the arm for the night, I'm getting frustrated after each attempt.

    Never had this much trouble in the 3 years I've had this pump. I guess I shouldnt have lubed the 'O' ring because that's what I did last time I opened it.


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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Quote Originally Posted by JamesW View Post
    Can you post a picture?

    Also, don’t use Teflon based lube, it’s no good. Only use Silicone based lube (Boss 820, Jack’s 327 or magic lube II red label).
    I will definitely get some silicone based lube for next time, here are some pics....




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    Re: Can't remove pump lid

    Use the rubber hammer to tap the lid handles counterclockwise.

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