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Livewell pump

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I've got a '95 Smokercraft Pro Mag with the front livewell that won't work. I was wondering if there is a fuse somewhere in the wiring for the front livewell or if the pump is shot. When I put the boat away last fall the pump was working and when I went to use it the first time this spring it wouldn't pump anything, the pump doesn't make any noise so I know it's either an electrical issue or the pump is shot. Thanks for any tips/suggestions in advance.

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Did you check to see if you have power to the pump? Use a 12v test lamp and check each wire to it. One will have power, and the other will be ground. If no power, look for a blown fuse. If power is good, pump is shot, or you have a bad ground. You can check the ground by clamping the clamp of the test light on the positive post of the battery or a known good power supply, and touching the light probe to the ground wire. If it lights, you have a good ground. If no light, no ground.

Hope this helps.

Is there a chance there was water in it yet when it froze? That is assuming that it was in cold storage. Pump might have split when frozen.

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Have you pulled it out and given the impeller a spin by hand, sometimes they just get seized.

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Have you pulled it out and given the impeller a spin by hand, sometimes they just get seized.

This is exactly what happened to mine this spring. Both the livewell and bilge pump impeller where locked up, causing the breakers to pop. Was able to free up the livewell impeller, but the bilge had to be replaced. Good luck. Junky.....

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I also suspect that a stuck impeller is the culprit

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We had that same problem last year wnet to town bought a new pump took the old one out and there was a rock stuck in there took the rock out and it worked perfect

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