It is at this point that I have to interrupt them and tell them to GET A GO-KIT!
The most recent instance of this was with a Hayward Super Pump. His impeller needed replacing, so he was going to open up his pump and put in a new one.
It was at this point that I had to tell him that he needed to get a Go-Kit-3, a rebuild kit for the Hayward Super Pump.
I’ll save you the hassle of looking at a Hayward Super Pump diagram and just tell you: These are all of the seals in the pump. And, as long as you have your pump open, why wouldn’t you replace your seals?
It’s easy. All you will need for the gaskets is a little bit of Magic Lube O-ring and gasket lubricant (it’s worth paying a little bit for a tube of this stuff, it makes o-rings and gaskets hold out for a long, long time). The mechanical seal (part number SP1600z2) is simple to install, and having one go out is the cause of most leaks in your pump. My boss loved Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory as a kid, so he always calls this mechanical seal “the golden ticket.” By this, he’s trying to say that this is what makes the whole thing stay working. If your mechanical seal goes, then water will start precipitating down the shaft.
From here, the water gets into the motor and strips the grease that lubricates the bearings. No grease on the bearings means that there is friction in the motor, and pool guys less honest than me have dollar signs in their eyes when they find this out.
If your Hayward Super Pump is apart, please get a Go-Kit. It’s a slight cost and hassle now to save you big bills and big headaches down the road.