Hayward Super Pump Squeaking Bearings

If you own a Hayward Super Pump swimming pool pump and the motor is starting to make noise then chances are you have Hayward Super Pump squeaking bearings inside of your pool pump motor. Inside the Hayward Super Pump & Super Pump II there are two motor ball bearings. When these bearings start to go bad they can make a squeaking, squalling or grinding sound. The good news is that these electric motor bearings can be replaced for a reasonable fee by either yourself or a pump repair shop.

If your Super Pump’s motor is making a loud noise you can either take it to a repair shop, fix it yourself, or send it into our mail in pool pump repair service. Depending on how loud your pump is will determine how long it will last before having it repaired. If the noise is really bad and your neighbors are starting to complain about the pump being to loud when it runs, then chances are you need to fix the pump right away. If you wait to long and ignore the loud bearings other damage could happen to the internal components of the pool pump motor, so its best to have your pump repaired right away if the motor bearings are in fact loud.

How To Change The Hayward Super Pump Bearings

1) Remove The volute from the motor, You can do this by removing the four 9/16″ bolts that connect the volute / wet end to the electric motor on your super pump.

2) Once you have removed the volute you will see the pump diffuser that is covering the impeller of the pump. You will need to remove the diffuser by just pulling on it and then you will see the impeller. Once you see the impeller you will be able to remove that as well. Turn the impeller counter clockwise while holding onto the back of the motor shaft.

3) Once you have removed the impeller and diffuser, the next step will be to remove the seal housing from the motor. There are four bolts that connect the seal housing to the motor end bell. You can remove these bolts with a 9/16″ socket or open end wrench.

4) Now that you have completely separated the electric motor from the wet end / volute of the pump you can now get ready to remove the motor through bolts.

5) On the back of the motor you will find four through bolts that can be removed with a 5/16″ socket or nut driver if you happened to have a set of nut drivers. Once you remove the four through bolts you will be able to knock off both of the end motor end bells and then you will be able to remove the motor armature.

6) Once you have the motor armature out of the motor windings you will now see the two bearings that are on the shaft. You will want to use a bearing puller to remove the bearings from the armature shaft. You can buy a bearing puller online or at a local store like Sears.

7) Now that you have removed the bearings from the shaft you can get your new bearings out of the box and get ready to press them on to the armature.

8) Now that you have replaced the bearings, you will want to carefully re-assemble your Hayward Super Pump.

How To Have Your Pump Repaired

If you do not have the time or mechanical experience to fix your Hayward Super Pump yourself you can bring it down to a local pump shop or you can even use WeT HeaD’s Mail In Pool Pump Repair Service. Most towns will have either an electric motor rebuilding shop that will sometimes be called a Armature Repair Shop. Armature is one of the internal components inside of most electrical motors that have windings..

Jacuzzi Splash Pool Pump Squealing?

When your Jacuzzi Pool Pump starts to make a loud noise like a squealing sound, a grinding noise or maybe it just hums and will not run. These are all common signs that the ball bearings inside of your electric pump motor have gone bad and need to be replaced by yourself if you are handy or with a mail in pump repair service if you looking for someone else to do it for you.

Motor bearings can last for many years or sometimes just one season. It all depends on the bearings used when they build the pump. Sometimes when you rebuild the pump it will last longer because the bearings that were used during the rebuild will be a better brand that the original manufactures.

Motor Bearings May Need To be Replaced

If you think the noise may not be the bearings but do hear a loud squealing sound inside of the pump volute it is also possible that the pumps impeller might have spun off the motor shaft. The impeller spinning off the motor shaft happens commonly when the pump has run dry. Sometimes the pool times will kick on and the water level in the pool will be to low for the pump to prime. This will result in the pump running dry. The water inside of the pump will start to steam up and then melt the impeller shaft.

If this happens the impeller could spin of the motor shaft and leave you with a large squealing sound every time you try and run your pool pump.

How To Repair Your Jacuzzi Splash Motor Bearings

If you are handy and feel you can change the motor bearings yourself you can do so but your going to need a few tools. Your going to need a bearing puller to remove the motor bearings from the motor’s armature. You will also need some basic hand tools and a socket set so you can talk all of the bolts out of the pump and motor. One of the most important things you will need is a way to push the bearings back on the shaft.

The best way to replace the bearings on the motors shaft is to use something called an arbor press. An arbor press will allow you to easily press the bearings on to the shaft. If you do not have an arbor press you can use a bearing press tool. This is not the best way to replace motor bearings but it will work if need be.

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Jacuzzi Splash Pool Pump Squealing.

What you will want to do is find a piece of pipe that has an outer diameter that matches the inner diameter of the bearing you are trying to press on or replace. For example. If you were looking to replace a bearing you could use a 3/4″ piece of black pipe to press that bearing on if the outer diameter matched the inner diameter of the bearing race.

It is very important that you press or push the bearing onto the armature shaft by the inner race of the bearing. If you fail to press the bearing on by the inner race you will destroy the bearing for sure. Pressing the bearing on by the outer race will off center the ball bearings and then the bearing will go bad soon after you installed it.

You Might As Well Change The Mechanical Seal

If the motor bearings have gone and need to be replaced n your Jacuzzi Splash Pool pump then you will also want to change your mechanical pump seal while doing so. Ever so often many people change the motor bearings and then forget to change the mechanical pump seal. Not changing the mechanical pump seal while you’re changing the motor bearings could result in your pump seal leaking after you put the pump back together.

The mechanical pump seal in your jacuzzi Pool Pump is located inside of the wet end / volute of your pump. You will have to remove the motor housing to access the mechanical seal but you will be doing this anyway if you need to change out the motor bearings

Hayward Super Pump Priming Instructions

The Hayward Super Pump is a swimming pool pump that is made for in ground swimming pools but can also be used in some above ground applications, commercial pool filter systems and can be also used to filter ponds. This type of pump is called a “self priming pump” but does need to be primed at least once when it is completely dry.

So if you are just opening your pool for the first time, you are replacing your Hayward Super Pump or maybe your pump just won’t prime, then you’re in luck, I am going to tell you how to correctly prime your Hayward Super Pump and also what to look for to prevent suction problems down the road.

Your Super Pump WILL Want To Suck Air!

Before we even get started on showing you how to prime your super pump, there are some things that you should check on the pump and also on the suction union to make sure that you have a pump that is totally air free when it is running.

Check Your Pump Cover Gasket

Before you prime your pump you will want to check the condition of the strainer cover gasket. To do so, you will want to make sure the pump is off and loosen the two hold down knobs on the top of the pump. Once you loosen those knobs you can push them over to the side and take off the pump strainer basket cover and underneath you will find the gasket.

Now that you can see the Hayward Super Pump Strainer Cover gasket you will want to make sure that it is in good shape. You will want to look to see if it is completely flat and smooched. If the gasket does not protrude above the top of the pumps lip and is all flat that would mean you need to replace the gasket. If the gasket is all cracked, dry, or broken you will also want to replace the gasket.

If your pump strainer cover gasket is worn, broken , dry or needs to be replaced, it may allow air into your pool pump as its running and you then could wind up with bubbles coming out of your pool jets. Many people thing bubbles coming from the return jets are from the returns when in fact something as simple as the strainer cover allowing air into the swimming pool filter system will cause this.

Check Your Drain Plugs

The Hayward Super Pump has two drain plugs that allow you to remove the water from the pump volute for either service on the pump or for winterazion of the pump during the pool closing season. From time to time after these drain plugs are removed a few times, the Teflon tape on the threads will either wear out or the black rubber washer on the drain plug will go missing and the plugs could leak.

What you should do before priming your pump is remove the drain plugs and make sure that the rubber washers are in good shape if you have a newer Hayward Super Pump. If you have an older style you will want to make sure that you have at least 4 wraps of Teflon tape on the plug threads. Make sure that both of the drain plugs are tighten with a 9/16 socket or wrench regardless of what model or style of super pump drain plugs that you have. If these plugs are loose or leaking they will allow air into the volute of the pump and you will not get a full prime.

Check Your Suction Union o-Ring

The fitting on the front of your Hayward pump is called the suction fitting which is on the suction side of the pump. In most cases you will have a fitting called a “union” that is installed on the front of your pump. This union is made of twp parts and inside there is a black rubber o-ring that has to be inspected and lubed every once and a while. Also, if that o-ring is not in good shape or is missing your pump will not prime.

What you will want to do is grab a large size pair of channel lock or water pump pliers and loosen the union. Once you have loosed the union collar by turning it counter clockwise with your water pump pliers you then will see the o-ring inside.

Now that you see and have removed the o-ring you will want to inspect it for dryness, cracks and also look to see if any sides of it are flat. If any of these sounds like the o-ring you are holding or looking at then you will need to replace it. If your o-ring looks good, you will then want to lubricate it with some lube that can with stand water. Something like Jack’s magic lube or Hayward O-ring lube will do the trick.

Lubricating the o-ring has two benefits, one is so the rubber will last longer and also when you put the o-ring into the slot in the union it will stay in place better. You also will want to make sure you do not pinch the o-ring when you tighten the union. A bad suction side pump o-ring could cause your pump to suck in air and not become fully primed.

Water Level Must Be High Enough To Prime From Skimmers

Another common mistake many pool owners make is that the water level is not checked before they try to prime or start their pump. If you are trying to prime your Hayward Super Pump with a pool that is plumbed to a set of skimmers. you will first want to make sure that the water level in the pool is up to the “mid skimmer” point in the pool. If the water is any lower then the mid skimmer reference point, your pump is going to suck in air from the skimmer openings once it gets going.

So if your water is below the mid skimmer point in your swimming pool you should fill the pool water up first or your pump will not prime. In some cases the pump will prime but after the pump reaches full prime the water will create a water fall effect in the skimmer which will allow air into the skimmer.

How To Prime The Hayward Super Pump In Three Steps

Now that you have made sure your Hayward Super pump is free of all air leaks you can prime the pump.

Step One:

Make sure the pump is off and open the pump strainer basket. To open the strainer basket you will have to loosen the two hold down knowbs that are on the top of the pump. Take a bucket of water and fill the pump completely up with water. Usually this will take a few gallons so grab a large bucket.

Step Two:

Now that the pump is filled with water you will want to place the pump strainer basket cover on the pump and tighten down the two knobs. Make sure you do not pitch the cover gasket when you are tightening down the cover. You can now start the pump up and watch it prime.

Step Three:

As the pump is priming you will want to stand by it for a few minutes to make sure that it fully primes. When the Hayward Super Pump is fully primed it will actually look like the cover is clear and water inside is not even moving but it really is. When you look through the strainer cover of a perfectly primed pool pump it will look like the water is not there.

If you do not see the perfect prime effect, you may want to check the places that were explained to you above for air leaks. Your pump will want to suck in air over water any day, so make sure that you make you pump air free.