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Thread: Fix for Polaris 180 Going in Circles

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    Join Date
    Apr 2009
    Northern Virgina

    Fix for Polaris 180 Going in Circles

    I have a Polaris 180 that was always turning to the right no matter how I positioned the head float or thruster jet. It turned out that both sets of bearings in the rear right wheel and the idler wheel had to be replaced. They were too wobbly which caused the rear wheel to slip, so there was not enough power being transmitted to wheels on the right side of the Polaris.
    22k gallon IG Anthony free-form pool and spa with PebbleSheen finish, Pentair WFDS-8 WhisperFlo Full Rated Dual-Speed 2HP pool pump, Sta-Rite S8D110 System 3 Grid D.E. 53 sq. ft. pool filter, Raypak R406A 399K BTU cupro-nickel propane heater, Polaris 280 pool cleaner with 3/4 HP PB4-60 booster pump, Goldline Aqua Plus controller and SWG, Inter-Fab G-Force pool slide.

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    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Central Texas

    Re: Fix for Polaris 180 Going in Circles

    That symptom can also be caused by the little plastic gear teeth on the inside of the wheels wearing out. On my 280, two of the wheels are gear driven, while the third wheel is driven by the idler wheel between it and the driven wheel up front. When one of the driven wheels gets damaged, you can swap it with the wheel that is driven by the idler wheel. 8)

    Of course, that trick only works the first time.
    26,000 Gallon Gunnite IGP
    2 HP Challenger High Head Pump
    60sf Nautilus DE filter
    Polaris 280

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    Join Date
    Aug 2007
    near the swamp

    Re: Fix for Polaris 180 Going in Circles

    180 = 280

    280 just has the extra jet and wider suction tube and oval snap bag.

    I would also check the hose swivels.

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