No water! Sureflo on AT Dakota

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  1. MHVirgins

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    We've been away on the road since late November and just now got a problem with the water. I wanted to pick some of your brains and see if anyone knows what the problem could be.......

    The flow stopped coming through, but there is a feint noise coming from the pump and after a minute or so I noticed slight smouldering from two spade connections on the base of the pump.

    There are no leaks.......does it sound as if it's knackered?:crying:
    Many thanks in advance.

    Bill
     
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    Hi Bill, not sure if yours is same set up on Autotrail as mine, mine has an inline filter about 6" away from the sureflow pumps outlet. If the filter is blocked it would stop waterflow and the resistance to pumps flow would increase current drawn by pump and possibly cause the smoldering you mention. Just as it would if the pump was seized up. So long as you have water to the pump this could be a possible solution. The other is possibility of tank breather being blocked causing vacuum in tank. Remover water filler cap to to rule this out. Just a couple of possibles i would try myself, before removing pump to check if it was seized. Lance
     
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    Me thinks a new punp;)
     
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    If it's smokin', it's broken :(
     
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  5. sallylillian

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    Strip the head apart and check the diaphram for blockage or damage and see if the motor turns the oscilating drive. You will need to get a service kit to effect repair and or new gaskets after dismantling. I would get a new pump, and a service kit, replace pump then service failed one as a spare if possible.
     
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    Hi Lance, many thanks for your advice and points mentioned above. There were a couple of occasions over the past week when the flow did actually stop, but after tapping the tank the flow started again. I did notice a loose spade connector which I took out and pushed back in again and it worked fine again for a while.
    Will go outside now and check what you said about the inline filter.........will let you know how I get on.
    Have already contacted our dealer to see if the pump is still under warranty........ha, ha!:LOL:

    Thanks again for your advice, Bill
     
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    I reckon you could be right......but will keep you all posted(y)

    Bill
     
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  8. Techno

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    Service kits are so dear you'd best not bother.
    What model pump is it? can you see the reference number.
     
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    They have a two year warranty!!
     
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    Andy, service kits, dependent on model, are circa £20, compared to a new pump, what 4 times that or more. If you have a problem pump spending £20 to make it a serviceable spare is a good investment, in my opinion any way.
     
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    That depends on what you call a service kit? you won't get much for £20 and it may not cover what is broken.
    A complete new pump is £51 inc delivery. Have you got a link to these kits and their contents?

    £38 just for the most likely part
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/171633028004?_trksid=p2055119.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK:MEBIDX:IT
     
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    I just bought a new pump for £53. Couldn't find a local place that stocked the service kit. I personally would get a new pump and use the old one for spares.
    The shurflo pumps are brilliant.
     
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  13. Techno

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    It is, however so very easy to fit part A then part B fails and all of a sudden you've spend more than a new unit. BTDTGTTS.

    Remember the smoke !
     
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    If you need one urgently it might be worth phoning round a few local camp/caravan stores. I found 3 within 30 miles of me but I don't know where you are.
     
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  16. Techno

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    I keep a spare onboard along with a fuel filter :LOL:
     
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    I have a spare now as well. I always keep a spare water pump but for some reason my spare had gone walkabout. It was so long since I built it I can't remember where I put it.

    http://www.fulltiming.info/motorhome/busy-week-of-problems
     
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    @MHVirgins Where abouts are you located currently?
     
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    Smoke from spade terminals......motor spindle partially siezed and fuse too large.
     
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  20. Techno

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    My emergency spares live under the bedroom floor I created
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