Does your Baracuda MX8 Pool Cleaner no longer have the scrubbing power or ease of movement it once did? If this is the case then you may have an issue your MX8 Engine Assembly. This turbine type part is the part of your pool cleaner; it turns the power from your vacuum line into forward momentum and scrubbing action. This guide will walk you through the process of replacing this vital component.
We can remove the MX8 Engine by gripping both sides of the shaft and lifting up. To prevent any damage while removing, we suggest as you pull the engine out to roll the machine an inch or two forwards. This action shifts gears on either side of the shaft unlocking the gears teeth making it easier to extract.
Now we must remove the bearings that sit on either side of the engine. This can be done by hand but more likely you will require some pliers for leverage to get the process started. Place the pliers behind the bearing and attempt to slide it off the shaft. You may feel it begin to loosen; at that point you can pull it off by hand.
The final piece remaining is the old and/or damaged MX8 Pool Cleaner Engine Assembly. Discard at this time.
Place the newly assembled engine back into the MX8 Pool Cleaner's inner compartment. Tip: After you have placed the engine into the cleaner press down on both sides of the shaft and roll the machine one to two inches forward to backward. This will aid with interlocking the gear teeth to ensure proper engine rotation.