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Old 07-15-2018, 11:52 AM   #1
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Water pump issue

My water pump quit working. Checked fuse; no problem. Cleaned filter, still nothing. Then resorted to mechanics 101 and whacked the pump with a screwdriver. It started up but not with much power and not enough to get water.

Fortunately, we are not dry camping this trip, but would like to get it resolved.

Ideas!

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Old 07-15-2018, 12:05 PM   #2
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The simple solution is to replace it. Not expensive and an easy job to do.
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Old 07-15-2018, 01:13 PM   #3
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12 v water pumps use motors that have brushes. Brushes wear and often get stuck in their brush holders. Whacking the motor will free up the brush temporarily but will soon fail again as the brush and spring are usually worn out.

Use this as a warning that your pump is failing and don't put off repairs. Chances are the next time you can whack away and it still won't work.
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Old 07-15-2018, 02:54 PM   #4
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The simple solution is to replace it. Not expensive and an easy job to do.
Thanks, I think you are right.
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I appreciate the info. I will replace.
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Old 07-15-2018, 03:10 PM   #6
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I had a similar thing happen in Albuquerque a couple of months back.

I had drained and flushed the fresh water tank and put about 1/3 tank back in while I was all hitched up and ready to go and tried to wash my hands...

And no water...

I tapped on the water pump with a hammer and it started making a noise...but still no water!

A couple of expletives later and a run to the park's bathroom to wash my hands I decided to try and figure it out once I arrived in Flagstaff (was on my way to Yuma, AZ for the very first time).

Anyway, when I got to Black Bart's in Flagstaff I turned the water pump on and it made a hum, so I turned the kitchen faucet on...WATER!

And it has worked ever since!

I think maybe it was vapor locked with air and the bouncing around on US40 knocked it loose!

Ironically, once I got to Yuma I liked it so much I bought a park model in the RV park where I was staying in my 5'ver.

Matter of fact, I'm getting ready to put the 5'ver in the storage lot here in a few minutes and I just used the water pump awhile ago and it is still working fine!
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