How to replace a Hayward Tiger Shark Drive Belt

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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.

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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Inyopools  Posted: 09/14/2017 13:35 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Anonymous (center drive) - See our guide on "How To Replace Maytronics Dolphin Nautilus Tracks". The Nautilus is similar to the Tiger Shark and this guide provides a little more detail on reassembling the drive mechanisms.

Anonymous  Posted: 09/09/2017 16:21 PM 

currently working on the non drive side... the center drive piece is coming apaart. is that normal.

t  Posted: 09/09/2017 16:16 PM 

Oh my word. this is not easy operation. Getting the 7 screws out is almost impossible and the screws become stripped. then the holes dont match up. should the bearings be placed up away from motor or down when trying to reattach side. ugh

Inyopools  Posted: 08/29/2017 9:44 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

Hathman - One of the drive/idler bearings or wheel tubes may not be engaged or positioned correctly. Pull the side covers off and see if you can find a loose bearing or wheel tube.

Hathman  Posted: 08/27/2017 10:19 AM 

Changed both belts but runs for 3 sec. and stops,still hears a clicking noise when turning wheels by hand what to do

Inyopools  Posted: 06/04/2017 11:33 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

Linda - The belt is a little hard to "slip" on. You might have another person help pull it on. If you leave the belt out in the sun a little while, it will stretch easier.

Linda  Posted: 06/01/2017 16:28 PM 

I'm having trouble with the tension on the new belt. It's so tight and I can't stretch it enough to go over both rollers plus get the cover back on. I'm worried that if I try to pull the roller too hard or use something to get more leverage, I might crack the plastic on the main frame. Any suggestions?

sharon  Posted: 06/27/2016 13:45 PM 

Yeah, I am happy to report that both bearings, and the tubes were successfully replaced and my unit is working again! So happy to have a clean worry free pool again. I have another unit in my basement that probably has similar problems, but at the time, I took it to pool repair place and they said get a new unit due to cost of parts and labor. Now that I know how to fix it, I may take that one apart and fix it for a back up. Thanks for all your help.

Inyopools  Posted: 06/24/2016 18:28 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

sharon - It sounds like you have several parts that need to be replaced. The costs of parts add up quickly and I would say that if you are at the point where the parts cost is half the cost of a new cleaner, I would buy a new cleaner. If that many parts are failing, there are probably others close to failing.

sharon  Posted: 06/23/2016 12:36 PM 

Thanks, I was able to get the screws out when I switched to the star screw driver. I think the drive bearings are shot. This little plastic piece (kind of scalloped was loose) it looks like this is what keeps ball bearings in place. It this piece suppose to be loose? or do we need to replace that? I also noticed that one of the ends of the roller tubes is missing the end piece and the cog to hold it in place looks worn. So looks like we have to replace drive bearing piece, and end cap and a roller. Is it worth it to do all this? My unit is about 5 years old. So disappointing, I really miss my cleaner, it does such a good job cleaning my pool

Inyopools  Posted: 06/18/2016 8:47 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

size screw driver - The screws that hold the tiger shark handle have star heads but a medium size Phillips head screwdriver should work to remove them.

Anonymous  Posted: 06/16/2016 14:32 PM 

What size pivot screw driver is needed to remove the tiger shark handle?

Inyopools  Posted: 06/10/2016 12:11 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Sharon - It sounds like one or both of the handle screws are stripped. See if you can spread the handle enough to work the screws out. You may have to buy new "Tiger Handle Arm Slides" to replace the part that is stripped. On the internal tight screws, try loosening them up with WD-40.

sharon  Posted: 06/09/2016 20:47 PM 

I am trying to get the handle off, the screw keeps spinning but it not coming loose? Any suggestions. I cannot even get past the first step. The screws inside the machine to get the cover off are super tight also, any suggestions to get them loose?

Inyopools  Posted: 06/02/2016 16:01 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

Byran - Take the side panels off and check for debris or small toys that may be jamming the drive mechanisms.

Bryan  Posted: 05/31/2016 21:30 PM 

My pool shark cleaner want go in but one direction

Inyopools  Posted: 05/17/2016 10:44 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

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.

Anonymous  Posted: 05/16/2016 15:47 PM 

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?

Inyopools  Posted: 08/31/2015 14:57 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

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.

Anonymous  Posted: 08/30/2015 18:04 PM 

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

Inyopools  Posted: 05/26/2015 12:41 PM  Inyo Product Specialist

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.

Anonymous  Posted: 05/25/2015 20:56 PM 

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?

Inyopools  Posted: 08/04/2014 9:40 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

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.

Rc  Posted: 08/03/2014 16:21 PM 

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

Inyopools  Posted: 09/20/2013 10:12 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

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.

Larry  Posted: 09/17/2013 14:08 PM 

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!!

Inyopools  Posted: 08/20/2013 11:16 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

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"

Mike  Posted: 08/17/2013 20:58 PM 

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?

Inyopools  Posted: 06/29/2013 11:11 AM  Inyo Product Specialist

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.

Paul  Posted: 06/28/2013 13:13 PM 

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?

Spyder  Posted: 06/14/2013 3:51 AM 

good job

Anonymous  Posted: 04/06/2013 11:11 AM 

Great, this was very helpful.

Anonymous  Posted: 09/22/2012 1:08 AM 

Thank you very much

Anonymous  Posted: 07/02/2012 7:49 AM 

Thanks just what I was looking for