I have an automatic cover from Coverstar for my inground 20,000g pool, which over time started to have troubles operating, especially when closing, moving only gradually, step-by-step and haltingly. Right now I just keep it open.
The actual motor that is located offsite within the pool pump/machine area powers the power the cover mechanism remotely via a hydraulic connection I believe.
I had guys from Coverstar came for service, the initial crew did replace some smaller parts without any improvements. Then a more experienced person came out to take a look, and they are claiming now that the motor needs to be replaced, suggesting also to get new ropes and possibly a new cover. I'm waiting for a final estimate, but that didn't sound cheap.
Does it sound reasonable to replace the motor? The system was installed by the previous owner, it is probably 6-9 years old now. Is there anything that one could check to verify the diagnosis? Maybe its just the hydraulic fluid that needs replacement. I'm concerned that they are just trying to replace as much stuff as possible to somehow getting it to work, without really locating the source of the problem. Any suggestions?