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Thread: Polaris 280 - Idler wheel not engaging

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    Polaris 280 - Idler wheel not engaging

    So I was inspecting my Polaris 280 and realized only the front 2 big wheels actively turn.

    The small middle (idler) wheel and the large rear wheel don't actively turn.
    The idler wheel doesn't make tight enough contact with the large front wheel to make the 2 passive wheels turn.
    The idler wheel appears to have a little clutch/spring mechanism which is designed to keep it tight up against the front wheel for power, however it has reached the end of its adjustable range and still isn't tight against the front wheel.

    Has anyone had to fix this problem before?

    Possible solutions in my mind could be:
    1) Replace worn tire wheel (although they don't look that bad).
    2) Perhaps some type of adjustment to the idler wheel clutch?

    Thanks,

    Lee
    IG 24k plaster with overflow spa. Goldline PS-8 SWG. Tristar 0.75 HP filter pump, Polaris 280, large cartridge filter, 400k BTU NG Max-E-Therm HD, SR Smith Turbo Twister, Life Saver pool fence, ORP managed.

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    Re: Polaris 280 - Idler wheel not engaging

    Replace your tire(s). You may also need a bearing or two and the idler wheel, and you should be back in shape.
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    Re: Polaris 280 - Idler wheel not engaging

    Thanks for the info. After reading your post I took the cover off my Polaris and realized the back wheel was loose and had slid back out of contact with the idler wheel. I remember now a few months ago Polaris got something in the pool wrapped around that wheel and that must have been what did it.

    So repositioned back wheel and tightened everything up. While I was there I "rotated" the tires and everything is good again. I will go for a few more miles on these tires and then take your suggestion and put new rubber on the wheels.

    Thanks,

    Lee
    IG 24k plaster with overflow spa. Goldline PS-8 SWG. Tristar 0.75 HP filter pump, Polaris 280, large cartridge filter, 400k BTU NG Max-E-Therm HD, SR Smith Turbo Twister, Life Saver pool fence, ORP managed.

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