Should have put that I did that already. I am thinking i can see small air bubbles while the pump is running within pump basket near the lid. There is a sign that says, the o-ring is prelubricated and not to add lube. I read that after I lubed it of course.First try cleaning and lubricating the pump basket seal. That is easier than a full seal kit between the motor and pump.
Where the basket goes ? it fills with water if I do not have the lever to the off position and the suction input side. but it does not drain unless i remove the drain plugs (which I replaced as well)What happens when you turn the pump off? Does the pump basket drain?
The air bubbles are very small, you can truly only notice them in the dark with the pool light on, then the look bigger
It's a chlorine pool not salt water. Not losing any water in the basket. Just small bubbles coming from return jets. Im wondering if i have an underground leak? Just don't know where the leak could be coming fromI can't really see any bubbles in the pics. But, it is normal to have some air bubbles in the pump basket. If the amount of air in the pump basket remains constant then it is ok. If the water level continuously drops in the basket while the pump is running and the pump loses prime then you have a suction side leak.
Is this a saltwater pool with a saltwater chlorine generator? As mentioned previously the bubbles you describe coming from the returns sounds like bubbles from an SWG cell.
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