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 Post subject: Hobie livewell issues
PostPosted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:41 pm 
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My livewell is not filling & leaks at intake & drain tube. Any help will be appreciated.


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:49 am 
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I remember reading sometime you have to start moving the kayak for the pump to prime?
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:19 am 
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Make sure the fitting around the intake is tight, and your scoop is facing forward. If you're using the PA 14, you'll need to make sure you put the larger tube on your livewell. I made the mistake of going out with the smaller tube, and it never primed. Once you have the large tube, it will pick up water as soon as you start going, and will hold a prime all day.

If you turn off the livewell and just try to manually add water, you must put the plug back on the pump or the water will drain thru the pump.

Hope that helps. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 3:32 pm 
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what he said plus check this: viewtopic.php?f=78&t=41301&p=168570&hilit=livewell+bulb#p168570


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:21 pm 
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Definitely make sure you have the longer tube on the live well. I never thought of switching it over and went out on the water with the short tube and was disappointed that it did not work. With about 2 minutes of work I switched everything to the longer tube and it has worked great since. Also, I like to unplug the small drain plug on the side of the live well and so if I turn around and lean can see the water coming out the side, and I know that the intake is not plugged and everything is working great.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:00 am 
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I only have one tube. What length is the longer tube?


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:11 am 
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The current instructions say the tube is long enough for the PA, but earlier versions came with a second longer tube for PA 14 use. Check to be sure the end is clear out the bottom of the boat and facing forward. You do need to pedal to get water flowing into the tube to prime.

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:19 am 
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I have filled the livewell 1/2 full & placed the unit on a bucket of water. I turn on the pump & the motor runs without pumping any water into the livewell. Very exasperating to spend so much without it ever working.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:45 am 
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The pumps are replaceable - just contact your dealer and they'll put a warranty order in for you... not really sure what it could be - those Atwood pumps are very reliable normally.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:35 am 
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I took the pump apart & the rotation of the impeller is counterclockwise. It appears that the impeller would be more effective rotating clockwise. Can someone give me input on this?


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:07 pm 
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Reverse polarity to the motor?

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 3:55 pm 
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Solved the problem utilizing Jude's suggestion of installing the primer bulb. Thanks to all who responded especially Jude.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 5:01 pm 
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I think that would fall under the category of you have to be moving forward with the scoop facing forward to get it primed. It won't prime if it is just sitting in the water, there has to be movement to push the water up the tube.

saltwatersports: You probably should probably test this while it is ON your PA. If the tube you are using is the small one, it still will not keep a prime while it is on your kayak. I had this exact problem with mine. The long tube is exactly 7" (without the scoop).


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PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:04 am 
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Glad to help....best way to prime


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