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Old 07-04-2013, 12:50 PM
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Ballast Pump/switch/wring Issue

Help? I had a ballast pump that wouldn't come on to empty all the time. I would have to toggle between fill and empty to get the pump to come on to empty. I never had a problem with getting it to come on to fill. So, I thought it was a bad motor on the pump that was binding up. So, I swapped the KGB pump with the STBD pump and got the same issue with the different pump. So, I thought its got to be the switch. So, I replaced the switch and still same issue. Any suggestions on where I start to look at the wiring?

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Old 07-04-2013, 03:46 PM
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Green impellers? sounds like you have an issue with the pump not priming
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:40 AM
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I think in 06 the factory impellers were still the black ones. I would check to make sure and if you don't have the green impellers then that is most likely your problem.

www.wakemakers.com has them.
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:28 PM
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They have the green impellers. It's the actual motor not coming on.
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Old 07-05-2013, 02:02 PM
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You could unplug the wire from the pump and turn the switch on. Take a test light and see if you are getting power through the wire. If not, its most likely a broken wire.
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Old 07-05-2013, 03:37 PM
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Unplug the pump see if you are getting 12v back to the pump if you are go back to the switch. Could be a bad switch or breaker.
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:25 PM
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I have the same issue with a Johnson I installed. It happens to me if i empty the boat and then the boat sits for some time. The veins on the impellar actually stick so I have to toggle back and forth to break it free. The pump doesn't seem like it comes on, but it does. It's just the impeller stuck and breaks free after essentially "jiggling" it with the switch. So I took Jason's advice from Wakemakers. After you are fully empty cycle the switch to fill for a brief second to get the veins going the proper direction before you store it. I haven't had an issue since using this method.
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Old 07-05-2013, 11:37 PM
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They have the green impellers. It's the actual motor not coming on.
Well then, you know it must be the empty wire is broken at some point so it should be pretty easy to find out where that is happening.

You've switch pumps, you've switch switches, you have good impellers so it should be pretty easy to find it from here.

Put a volt meter on the plug at the pump end and check for voltage with the switch in the empty position. If you have nothing then check for voltage at the switch in the empty positions. The only thing between the switch and the pump is the circuit breaker and the wire.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:46 PM
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This is what happens when you have a fuel pump short out. All you can do is pray you get it put out before it burns through the tank.
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:13 PM
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At that point you abandon ship and collect the insurance money... Will never be the same, hate to say it. Resale value especially will suffer.
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