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Old 08-01-2013, 12:23 AM
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X80 ballast pumps

Hello Team Talk,

I am new to the forum, as well as new to Mastercraft boats. We just purchased an X-80 equipped with twin Crusader 6.0's rated at 375hp each. We spent the last few days on the boat and I have realized my ballast system is inoperable. The boat has port and starboard hard tanks @ 500lbs each. I am new to tow boats and have no idea where to begin trouble shooting. Where are the tanks? Pumps? Relays? Sorry for so many newbie questions. On a plus side, we are in love with our boat. We are coming from a Formula 280ss with twin 5.7efis so the twin engine setup in the 80 is perfect for us!
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:16 AM
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if its a true X80 the tanks are below the floor
what about the system don't work
pumps turn on but don't fill
switch pumps on but don't hear pumps
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:56 AM
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The switch turns on, but there is no noise. I can hear a very faint hum for a second almost as if a valve is opening, then nothing. Thanks for any help. The boat has X80 in factory applied fashion on the side so I assume it's an X80. Don't know how else to tell.
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Old 08-01-2013, 03:10 PM
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You should hear the pumps run pretty plainly. But, if the impellers are completely shot, then they will run for a few seconds and turn off. Do the red lights on the switches stay on or blink?
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:06 PM
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locate the pumps and remove the impeller cover replace the old impellers with the new green ones from wakemakers
X80 will have everything billet aluminum but SS will have Stainless windshield frame
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:16 PM
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The red lights on the switches stay on constant. I will try and find the pumps and see if I can check on the impellers. Thanks again.
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Old 08-01-2013, 11:41 PM
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should look something like this, take the three screws out pull old impeller out and place new green one in. do not drop the screw in bilge, they are hard to find.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:02 AM
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do not drop the screw in bilge, they are hard to find.
especially because they're brass, so you can't get them out with a magnet....
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:04 AM
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If the space allows it (and it probably does), just take out two of the screws very carefully.
Loosen the third one and then simply swivel the cover plate out of your way, leaving it attached to the pump. This makes it so there is less stuff to grab and one less screw per pump you might drop. Pull out the old impeller with some needle nose pliers and then fit the new green one in. I just did this on my boat, it's pretty easy to do.
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:04 PM
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I'm going to take a look at this tomorrow. Can someone advise me where the pumps may be located? I keep the boat on a hoist, so getting beneath the boat will be a challenge.

Thanks everyone.
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