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Fishin Dan

Livewell Wont Work

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Not quite sure what is wrong with it. The fuse is still good and all the other power in the boat works just fine, but when i hit the switch for either one of the livewells nothing happens. So i was thinking the pump is probably bad? I would think if it was just clogged up i would still hear the pump turn on. Any thoughts?

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Yeah chances are its a bad pump, snap off the cover and hit the switch if it doesn't go, go to fleetfarm and get a new one

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I had this happen a while back and it was a wire got shorted out next to the pump itself still no idea how it happened.I repaired it then the pump itself went bad 4 days ago so a new one i had to get and may be your best bet to.

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Thanks guys. I figured i had to replace it. My next question has to do with the replacement pump. Are they all pretty much the same? Or will i need something specific to my boat?

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Are you blowing fuses? If so, try this before you yank it out to buy a new one:

Remove the cover and use something to reach in a spin the impeller by hand. It worked for me and saved me from needing to replace it, which is a pain on my boat.

I used a sheet metal scribe awl and it worked perfect. My pump was just stuck with some crud that made it past the screen.

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No im not blowing any fuses, just wont turn on at all. Ill still give your method a try when i hit the water tomorrow just in case.

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take the old one out and bring it in to match it up to a new one. Check the voltage at the wires first and see if you have voltage with the switch on?

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That happened to mine a few years back. I could hear it running but no water would come through. I had a bunch of junk stuck in it. I pulled the top half off and a bunch of junk came out of it. Put it back together and it ran fine. Now I have a intake screen on the back of the boat so that wont happen again. The screens are like $8. Do this with boat out of the water by the way.

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I had a small rock stuck in mine, thought the pump was shot. Could feel the pump "click" when switch was turned on. Took it apart, found the rock, and it's been working great eversince.

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I would take yours off and take it in. If you can't find the exact one, try to find a similar one.

Once you have the new on in, I would by the screen guard that goes on the outside of the boat to make sure nothing gets into the new one.

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That happened to mine a few years back. I could hear it running but no water would come through. I had a bunch of junk stuck in it. I pulled the top half off and a bunch of junk came out of it. Put it back together and it ran fine. Now I have a intake screen on the back of the boat so that wont happen again. The screens are like $8. Do this with boat out of the water by the way.

I'm having a very similar problem and need some advice. My livewell and baitwell use to blast full of water, no problem. Lots of pressure. Well about 4 trips ago I hit the switch on an empty livewell (or baitwell) and couldn't get the water to pump any better than a moderate trickle. The pump is certainly working and it puts a good little spirt of water in here and there, but it consistently pumps very slow now. Too slow to use adequately. I tried several times turning off and on (on several different trips), with no luck. I even tried hammering the boat hard in reverse a couple times (fast enough that the water was coming up my drain pipe), but the pumped water was still trickling.

I've got the screen on the back of by boat so I took it off the other day. The impeller is running/spinning and the livewell pump hums, but it's not quite as loud (hummy) as the biliage pump.

Do you suppose the livewell pump is partial clogged? Or shot? If clogged, how might I check it out?

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Tyler maybe a garden hose in the reverse direction (pump off) might free up a blockage? That and then turning the pump on and right away (with the intake screen off) blast the garden hose into the inlet??? back flush and then forward flush like they do with heater cores in cars and trucks that are clogged???

Got to keep that bait fresh. Good luck.

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Fishin Dan

Take the pump with you and get the biggest one they have (gph) Make sure the hose connections are the same size as yours though.

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Tyler maybe a garden hose in the reverse direction (pump off) might free up a blockage? That and then turning the pump on and right away (with the intake screen off) blast the garden hose into the inlet??? back flush and then forward flush like they do with heater cores in cars and trucks that are clogged???

Got to keep that bait fresh. Good luck.

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