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Old 11-24-2020, 06:40 AM
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Near end of season the auto switch on my bilge pump started to fail. Pump still works totally fine if you flip the manual switch. I shoved the camera phone under the engine and that is what I see. The red/white/blue device likes like a Rule 360 pump but I cant find the switch. When I was under the boat I thinking the white box was an old bilge but thinking now that might be the switch? If so, is there any chance I can clean this out? Do I try to just shooting it with a hose or is there a way to remove and clean? I dont mind replacing it, the part I dont like is the wires for pump and switch seem to come in on one wire loom so if I replace there doesnt seem to be an easy way to replace and keep the connections out of the water.

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Think the first thing I would do is a real good Bilge cleaning. It may work after that.
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The white box is the float switch. In the picture on the left side under the blue strainer of the bilge pump is a little white tab. That is the manual trigger for the float. Use your hand to move it and the pump should go on. Those older rules are bulletproof.

Judging by the output hose, it is either a 750 or 1100 Rule.
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That big box what was white is the auto switch. Clean clean clean. My vessel blew a trim tab hose and blew that oil all in the bilge. The aft pump would stick on. Float switch fouled. Just one more thing this winter. Not a biggie. Bilge pumps and switches need evaluation and replacement at times.
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no just clean, replace hoses. they look cracked.
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
no just clean, replace hoses. they look cracked.
Yeah I saw that hose looked cracked as well. Going to certainly replace that
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How high is the scum line? Was the boat sunk?
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Some clean water & Dawn should do a decent job of scum removal. Fill the bilge and go for a short ride with plenty of stops/starts to give it a good sloshing.
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Originally Posted by personalt View Post
Yeah I saw that hose looked cracked as well. Going to certainly replace that
If you're going to replace the hose you might as well replace the pump and switch while you're at it.
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In the picture you can see both bilge pump and float switch are mounted on a King Starboard; normally that Starboard is either glued to the hull or bolted to something. Try to remove the whole thing together which will be much easier to replace the pump, switch and the hose if needed.
Also, very high possibility that the butt connectors from the switch to the pump is the culprit. If you find the butt connectors are serverly oxidized, you might want to cut a few inches of on all lines to get rid of all black coppers; otherwise the same thing would happen next year.
With regards to the Rule switch, the original ones on my boats were 20 years old when I replaced them out of precaution. However the new ones (mercury free) never last longer than 2 years.
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How high is the scum line? Was the boat sunk?
No... water line never got any higher then top of float.
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Holy Gadzookzzzzzzzz!!!!!!

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