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#12246716 - 05/15/17 03:28 PM Livewell won't pump
goodman1389 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/14
Posts: 418
Loc: Mansfield,TX
I tried to turn the live well on today and nothing happened, no water pumped in and it didn't sound like the pump was turning on. I checked the fuse and it's fine. The boat is less than a year old so surely the pump hasn't worn out already, I've used the livewell maybe 5 times. Anyone know what could be causing this?

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#12246782 - 05/15/17 04:00 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
Ted Martin Offline
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Registered: 07/26/05
Posts: 2505
Loc: Dallas, TX
I would work from the pump back to the switch. pull the pump make sure it don't look crispy. then check voltage at the leads with the switch on. if it reads 12+v, you either have bad connect or a bad pump. If you don't have 12 at the leads go back to the switch.

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#12246793 - 05/15/17 04:06 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
Shallow Waters Offline
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Registered: 01/03/17
Posts: 550
Same thing happened to me last tournament. Turns out the connection right by the pump had come loose (maybe from the Battery charge plug line being thrown back under the hood). Took me 2 minutes to figure out off the water, unfortunately I wasted 20 minutes trying to figure it out on the water.

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#12246881 - 05/15/17 05:17 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
David Welcher Offline
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Registered: 06/02/10
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Loc: Weatherford
And it could be clogged with something, check that the impeller isn't clogged

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#12246883 - 05/15/17 05:19 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: David Welcher]
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#12246916 - 05/15/17 05:47 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: David Welcher]
goodman1389 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/14
Posts: 418
Loc: Mansfield,TX
Originally Posted By: David Welcher
And it could be clogged with something, check that the impeller isn't clogged


How do I do that? This is my first boat, brand new to all of this.

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#12247035 - 05/15/17 07:09 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
Doing it for the fans since 71 Offline
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don't let the wife use it as a bathroom like I did....$600.00 later....

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#12247046 - 05/15/17 07:18 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
Fishspanker Offline
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Most pumps are the cartridge type these days. They typically plug in. You can unplug and remove it. Inspect the impeller area for soft plastics or other blockage. You can check it by putting the leads to 12v.

If you leave one running dry it will toast it after not too long. Also it's common for the impeller shaft seal to fail and water leak into the armature. That's also toast for one.


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#12247081 - 05/15/17 07:40 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
Donald Harper Offline
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Loc: Justin, TX.
The pump is very quite when you turn it on and it is not picking up water. Turn the livewell pump on while on the water, put the boat in reverse and simply back up at a fast pace. It will food the pump line and allow it to pick up the water and start pumping. Had one boat that I had to do that to every tournament to fill the livewell. Once it starts pumping there will be no more problems that day because the line is holding water. It was just a little trouble on the first filling each trip.
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#12247101 - 05/15/17 07:49 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
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And DO NOT check the cartridge while in the water....the amount of water that will come will shock you.
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#12247108 - 05/15/17 07:52 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: Doing it for the fans since 71]
Ted Martin Offline
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Registered: 07/26/05
Posts: 2505
Loc: Dallas, TX
Originally Posted By: Doing it for the fans since 71
don't let the wife use it as a bathroom like I did....$600.00 later....


ok, this brings up several questions ... some of which i don't want to know the answer.

But no matter what ended up in the LW, how did it possibly do $600 worth of damage?? pumps and 3/4" tube are cheap!

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#12247115 - 05/15/17 07:58 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
kevine80 Offline
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Registered: 11/20/15
Posts: 717
Loc: humble texas
the pump housing has a push tab ---push in on it and the pump portion should twist lock out of the housing --turn the impeller by hand and make sure it turns ====WHILE ON THE TRAILER !

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#12247182 - 05/15/17 08:42 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: kevine80]
goodman1389 Offline
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Registered: 07/01/14
Posts: 418
Loc: Mansfield,TX
Originally Posted By: kevine80
the pump housing has a push tab ---push in on it and the pump portion should twist lock out of the housing --turn the impeller by hand and make sure it turns ====WHILE ON THE TRAILER !


Just did this and the impeller will turn by hand, checked all the connections and everything looks fine. I won't be able to get back on the water until next week so I'll try Donald's advice then. It's been probably 6 months since I've run the live well (always catch and release and I very rarely fish tournaments). I'm wondering if letting it sit so long somehow ruined the pump.

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#12247287 - 05/15/17 09:42 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
H2ODawg67 Offline
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Registered: 04/07/17
Posts: 341
Loc: Kansas
Originally Posted By: goodman1389
I tried to turn the live well on today and nothing happened, no water pumped in and it didn't sound like the pump was turning on. I checked the fuse and it's fine. The boat is less than a year old so surely the pump hasn't worn out already, I've used the livewell maybe 5 times. Anyone know what could be causing this?

If the boat is less than a year old it should be under warranty? Take it to the dealer. Pumps should last 3 or 4 years ands thats useing them every week or two.
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#12247290 - 05/15/17 09:45 PM Re: Livewell won't pump [Re: goodman1389]
Donald Harper Offline
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Registered: 01/25/08
Posts: 15032
Loc: Justin, TX.
Let me know how that goes. The boat that I had this problem with worked just fine in the beginning. Then all of a sudden after a really rough ride on Amistad it would not pick up the water. Just had to back up a few yards with the lid up and listen for the sprayer to start shooting water. Then it was good to go the rest of the day.
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