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    Dumb question, pump strainer basket drain

    Do all pumps have a drain plug under the strainer basket? I can't find mine. I have a suction side air leak leading to bubbles in my return. Also pump lost prime after a few hours turned off. Might be my basket lid, but I was trying to find the drain plug and didn't seem to be one on the bottom.
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    Re: Dumb question, pump strainer basket drain

    bolleat:

    The drain plug on my pump is located on the bowl where the strainer basket is, toward the bottom but on the side - not under it.
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    Re: Dumb question, pump strainer basket drain

    Thanks I'll look in the morning. I think it was getting to dark when I tried to find it, maybe just didn't see it.
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    Re: Dumb question, pump strainer basket drain

    It most likely has a drain plug. What make and model?

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    Re: Dumb question, pump strainer basket drain

    Great. Found my drain in the front of the strainer basket. Ok it is sealed tight, now I need to figure out why I have so much air coming out of my returns. It started after i cleaned my strainer basket so my guess is it must be the top.
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    Re: Dumb question, pump strainer basket drain

    Quote Originally Posted by bolleat
    Great. Found my drain in the front of the strainer basket. Ok it is sealed tight, now I need to figure out why I have so much air coming out of my returns. It started after i cleaned my strainer basket so my guess is it must be the top.
    That is by far the most likely, especially since you just messed with it. Be sure it's lubed up good, the O-ring isn't cracked, and there's no grit or bits of grass in the way.

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    Re: Dumb question, pump strainer basket drain

    Thanks, gotta get me some lube. Without fresh lube will it usually leak? My guess is since I didn't have any lube I couldn't get a good tight seal?
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    Re: Dumb question, pump strainer basket drain

    The o-ring on the pump basket should be well lubed and able to make a good seal. Clean the pump lid and make sure there is zero debris in there or on the pump lid. Any little bit is enough to make it not get a good seal and let air in.
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