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Old 29 July 2008, 07:23   #1
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Rule auto bilge pump ???

I have a 500 rule auto bilge pump wired to a switch panal.

Yesterday i noticed when on auto it didn't pump but when switched to manual it works.

didn't get time to mess around with it but what could be wrong?

1. the float switch stuck?
2.there is a fuse on the switch panal,does this control the auto fuction only or both auto and manual?
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Old 29 July 2008, 07:41   #2
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The rule pumps with built in automatic don't have float switches - they work on resistance or something. In my experience they are very prone to failure. If the pump still works it won't be the fuse. Sounds like a classic case of broken rule bilge pump to me, something I suffer from on a regular basis.
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Old 29 July 2008, 07:46   #3
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[QUOTE=Tim M;258045] The rule pumps with built in automatic don't have float switches - they work on resistance or something. In my experience they are very prone to failure. If the pump still works it won't be the fuse. Sounds like a classic case of broken rule bilge pump to me, something I suffer from on a regular basis. [/QUO


so you reckon nothing else can be wrong?
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Check the wiring first. It may be that the wire for auto mode has come loose somewhere. From memory it's the brown and white wire. If that appears ok and the switch is working fine then yes, unfortunately it sounds like your pump's knackered.
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Old 29 July 2008, 07:57   #5
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It's knackered. I had this happen to me but my replacement has been fine for 2 years and it works far harder than most with the rain we get!!!
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Old 29 July 2008, 08:02   #6
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It's knackered. I had this happen to me but my replacement has been fine for 2 years and it works far harder than most with the rain we get!!!
its not even 2 months old!!

was the manual feature still workin on yours?

Going to demand a replacement!
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its not even 2 months old!!

was the manual feature still workin on yours?

Going to demand a replacement!
Yes it was!!!
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Old 29 July 2008, 13:01   #8
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2 months isn't that bad! I've had them go after literally a few hours of use.
You should be able to get it replaced without too much trouble.

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its not even 2 months old!!

was the manual feature still workin on yours?

Going to demand a replacement!
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Old 29 July 2008, 16:33   #9
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2 months isn't that bad! I've had them go after literally a few hours of use.
You should be able to get it replaced without too much trouble.
why does this happen?

any tips to avoid it happening again??
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Old 29 July 2008, 16:48   #10
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Ciaran, How have you tested the auto function of the pump. Has it ever worked?

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