How to replace a Hayward Tiger Shark Drive Belt

Written by:  Danny Rhodehamel

The Hayward Tiger Shark Drive Belt is one of the key components to your cleaner, as it provides traction and also transfers the power from the motor into movement for the cleaner. If this part is damaged or worn your cleaner may not function properly.

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Things You'll Need

Step by Step

Step 1

In preparation of replacing your Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Drive Belt, you will need to remove the Tiger Shark Handle, locate and extract the screws on each arm pivot. Replacement Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Drive Belt part #: 3276-050, Handle part #: 3276-078

Step 2

Next, turn the cleaner on its side to remove the Tiger Shark Cleaner Bottom Lid Assembly. This is done by unfastening the locking clips on each side of the bottom panel, then using the bar between the vents as a grip, and pulling out. At this point you can check the condition of your Tiger Shark cleaner filter cartridge to see if it requires changing, we have a "How to" on replacing that as well. Replacement Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Locking Plate part #: 3276-074, Bottom Lid part #: 3276-072

Step 3

At this point you can check the condition of your Tiger Shark Cleaner Filter Cartridge to see if it requires changing. We have a "How to" on replacing that as well. Replacement Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Locking Plate part #: 3276-074, Bottom Lid part #: 3276-072

Step 4

This should be your vantage point of the Hayward Tiger Shark Cleaner Motor, on either side Tiger Shark cleaner's motor housing wall you will see seven screws. Remove these screws to release the side panel. Replacement Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Side Cover Screws part #; 3276-031

Step 5

A flat-head screwdriver may be necessary to pry the cover from its supports.

Step 6

This is what a Hayward Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner's Drive Belt and Drive Shaft should look like once the side cover is removed. Replacement Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Drive Belt part #: 3276-050, Drive Pulley part #: 3276-053, Guide Bearing part #: 3276-051, Idler Bearing part #: 3276-052

Step 7

Remove the two Idler Bearings that flank the Tiger Shark's Drive Shaft. Doing this will make it easier to remove the belt from the wheel tube in the next step. Replacement Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Wheel Tube Assembly part #: 3276-054, Idler Bearing part #: 3276-052

Step 8

Remove the Drive Belt from around the wheel tube and drive shaft then discard worn belt. After a quick inspection of the Tiger Shark Cleaner Drive, Guide, Idler and Roller bearings, you can retread the unit. Replacement Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Wheel Tube Bearings part #: 3276-056, Tiger Shark Wheel Tube part #: 3276-055, Tiger Shark Brush part #: 3276-057

Step 9

Installing the drive belt is the same operation as taking it off but in reverse, snake the belt around the wheel tubes and drive shaft, to tighten the slack and complete the installation insert the idler wheels onto their posts. Make sure the notches and the base of the post are locked into the grooves on the bottom of the Idler Bearing.

Step 10

Reinstall the Side Cover, securing with the screws inside of the unit. Tighten these screws then place in the Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner Cartridge and Bottom Lid Assembly, the last thing to install before resuming operation is the cleaner's handle. Inspect your Hayward Tiger Shark Pool Cleaner one last time for any issues, you may return to enjoying a clean pool.

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User: Inyopools

Drive bearing - The ball bearings in drive bearing are not supposed to come out. Even if you could get them back, they probably would not stay in. You probably need a new drive bearing.


When I removed the belt, the drive bearing also came out and the ball bearing fell out. Is there an easy way to get the bearings back inside?

User: Inyopools

Dirt Devil - I just talked to the Dirt Devil manf. None of their cleaners have ball bearings. Do you possibly have a cover reel that came apart? As far as the cleaner not moving, you might take the cleaner apart to see if one of the ball bearings got stuck in the moving mechanism.


Found a few ball bearings at the bottom of the pool and in the "Dirt Devil" itself. Cleaner will no longer move. Any ideas?

User: Inyopools

Tigershark stops - You might check to see if the bearings on the drive belt wheels are still good. Or your problem may be related to the motor PCB which unfortunately we don’t carry. For PCB and other possible issues, please call Hayward at 866-772-2100.


My tigershark starts to run, the tread runs and it moves a couple of feet and then stops and shuts down. Can you advise what is wrong?

User: Inyopools

Rc - It might be that your Cartridge Screens are in backwards. See our guide on "How to replace a Hayward Tiger Shark Cartridge" for more detailed instructions.

User: Rc

Took tiger shark apart and replace belts and wheel bearings but cannot get lid to go back on shark? Please advise what to check?
Thanks rc

User: Inyopools

Larry - There are two sides on the track. Make sure the larger tread is on the outside. Also check that all the wheels are flush up against the side of the cleaner. Some have slots- see step nine. The problem may be the PCB in the motor, but unfortunately, we do not sell those parts.

User: Larry

I wish I found your video before. It would have helped a great deal however I did figure out how to replace the belts. The problem I'm still having though is that the unit seems to et stuck in a mode where the tracks stop turning while it continues to pump water. I have to reset the unit a few times before it will take off and run but sometimes just for a few minutes then it stalls again. I am still hearing some clicking sounds as though the belt is skipping. I did not replace the bearing since they still looked to be in good shape so I'm a bit confused why it's stalling. Help!!

User: Inyopools

Mike - When you say you are having trouble getting the drive shaft to seat in the side panel, are you referring to the Drive Pulley and it won't stay up because of the pressure from the track? If so, look at step 29 in a guide for a similar cleaner. I show using a 3/8" dowel to hold it up while you put on the side. See "How To Replace Maytronics Dolphin Triton Tracks"

User: Mike

Thanks for the directions. Very helpful but I'm having trouble getting the drive shaft to seat into the side panels. Any tips on that?

User: Inyopools

Paul - I'm sure the dealers have special tools, but, as you suggested, I find that the best way is to have another person pull on the belt as you are putting the part in.

User: Paul

There is a lot of tension in new belts and it is not easy to connect through all the tread wheels and posts. Two people can coordinate it together, I found. What is the best method to put everything back together under tension?

User: Spyder

good job


Great, this was very helpful.


Thank you very much


Thanks just what I was looking for

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Tips & Warnings

Please note that the cleaner modeled in this guide is a Dirt Devil QC which has a similar design to the Hayward Tiger Shark Cleaner.

Remember to turn off power to the cleaner before disassembling.

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