Right folks, I pride myself on having what is possibly the oldest functioning Polaris 380 in Texas, .....maybe in the entire universe, which listening to some people in this part of the world is one of the same. She runs with no covers in 'full racing trim'. The frame, (that bit you can't buy from a store), has home cut plastic spars glued and screwed into spots where the frame long since cracked or broke. You get the picture.
I've had a puzzler though over the last week. The cleaner kept stopping, I've noticed the single wheel is running out of true and binding on the body shell. I have a temporarily 'fixed' it by pulling the tire off and she is running like a champ. One wheel tireless, and no covers. I recently replaced the turbine assy and several but not all of the wheel bearings. She was running fine after that, this is something new. Should I be looking at a bad bearing for this problem or are there other possibilities? Oh and just before you think 'I wonder what that geezers pool is like'........it's nice and clean, I break apart and clean the DE filter 5 to 6 times a year. I never backwash, I think this approach helps keep algaes out of the pool.