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Old 05-26-2012, 09:19 PM
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Did I kill my ballast pump?

Today while cruising with the wife, kids and in-laws in my '06 X2 I turned in the starboard ballast pump to level out the boat. I've never done that before, but I thought it would be easier than asking someone to move to make the boat more level.

I filled the starboard tank plus about 50 lbs or so in my fly high sac and the boat was planing flat. When I got close to my dock I flipped the switch to empty the tank and nothing happened. The light comes on when I flipped the switch, but the pump does nothing.

I am wondering if I harmed my pump by filling it while under way at about 22 miles an hour.

Any info is appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 05-26-2012, 11:38 PM
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sometimes they get stuck in one direction. Try toggling it back and forth to see if that works. Also you have a breaker below your rear left seat. Lift the seat and see if it popped.
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Old 05-27-2012, 08:35 AM
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Thanks MCXfan. I toggled a couple of times and checked the breakers. My plan today is to take the impeller cover off and see if there is any noticeable damage on the inside. I appreciate your input!
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Old 05-28-2012, 12:21 AM
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As mentioned check impellar for blockage or worn parts. Filling while running at 22mph will not harm your pumps in any way whatsoever.
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Old 05-28-2012, 01:48 AM
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I don't know if the Plumbing has changed a whole bunch, but I cannot fill my 02 at anything over about 1500 rpm.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:26 AM
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I guess it was just time for it to go. I can't see any blockage or damage with the cover removed. I flipped the switch on and off with the cover off and the shaft wouldn't move. The haft would turn manually but not under it's own power. I went ahead and ordered up a new pump from wakemakers.com last night.

Thanks for the input all!
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:46 AM
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Is the pump mounted with the impeller facing up or down?
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:49 AM
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The impeller is on top with the bod of the pump hanging down below it.
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Old 05-28-2012, 09:48 AM
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The impeller is on top with the bod of the pump hanging down below it.

Yeah, what happens when they are mounted that way is water leaks into the motor and corrodes the contacts.

Some where on here is a post about cleaning and rebuilding the motors. If you can find it you might be able to save that pump.

You might also look at turn the pump over so it wont happen again.
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:29 AM
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That's a great idea, Cantrepeat. I will go ahead and install the new pump and try to rebuild the old one for a spare. Does the pump run backwards if I mount it upside down?
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