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Thread: Aquabot t4tc slow or no go - can it be tested out of water?

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    Question Aquabot t4tc slow or no go - can it be tested out of water?

    I have a 3+ year old Aquabot t4rc that's not cooperating. It worked ok at startup, but now it seems to be moving VERY slowly, or not at all.

    I replaced the belts and tracks last season after one belt was damaged after a power cord snagging (first trouble I've had with the vacuum going over the cord).

    Can I test this thing OUT of the water? Sure would be easier to put it on a work bench to diagnose. I won't want to damage the pump or burn up electronics by not having any water running through it.

    Suggestions of what the problem might be would be appreciated.

    Thanks
    40k gallon vinyl. Aquarite SWG 15T, Pentair variable speed pump, pentair quad DE filter, Aquatemp heat exchanger,

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    Re: Aquabot t4tc slow or no go - can it be tested out of water?

    Before testing it out of water I would get into the pool with the bot, put on a mask, and visualize the drive gears while it is supposed to be moving. If the drive gears are moving then it is a drive belt issue. I'd probably just take off the drive belts (the 2 small amber colored belts) just to make sure it is assembled correctly. When a pool place diagnosed my old aquabot they ran it out of water for about 30 seconds and told me this short amount of time would not cause any overheating damage. Not saying you should do this, just reporting what they said. Did your robot come with a 4 year warranty? If so, it may be prorated, so check that out prior to bringing it in for warranty repair.

    Tom
    In gound vinyl L, ~41,000 gallons, Pentair Clean and Clear Plus 420 cartridge filtter, Pentair 2 speed WhisperFlo pump

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    Re: Aquabot t4tc slow or no go - can it be tested out of water?

    Thanks tpcorr. I'll give that a go. I'm pretty sure that the gears are moving otherwise the bot wouldn't move at all - it moves just very slowly.

    (it's not under warranty)
    40k gallon vinyl. Aquarite SWG 15T, Pentair variable speed pump, pentair quad DE filter, Aquatemp heat exchanger,

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    Re: Aquabot t4tc slow or no go - can it be tested out of water?

    I had a similar issue and it was the brushes that were the issue. The belts and tracks were replaced, but the brush tips were wore down enough that they weren't providing traction.

    +1 on not running it out of the water. It's time to swim with Aquabot.
    16,000g in-ground plaster pool, attached spa, BBB, DE Filter, SWG

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    Re: Aquabot t4tc slow or no go - can it be tested out of water?

    Brushes are new on this too. In the water I go... will report back in a couple days when I have time to tackle this.
    thanks
    40k gallon vinyl. Aquarite SWG 15T, Pentair variable speed pump, pentair quad DE filter, Aquatemp heat exchanger,

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