My main problem is a slight trickle out of the exhaust when running, which I believe allows suction to pull air in after the pump turns off as the filter drains down to pool level.
The nylon(?) washer under the handle is shot, and handle does not seem to want to allow the spring to pull it down into a fuly locked position. This may be due to debris(washer pieces?). I will pull apart the handle this evening to see whether I can fix it by cleaning the debris out.
If not, then I need to buy rebuild parts. I've read that the spider will allow suction leaks, so that is on my list for sure.
Which of the other small parts listed on this diagram are most prone to failure? I have a side mounted valve, not top mounted. I would prefer not to replace the entire "Top Valve Assembly" (#1), unless the parts I need start approaching that figure. Thanks alot, Shell