How to replace a Polaris Pool Cleaner Sweep Tail Scrubber


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The Polaris Pool Cleaner Sweep Tail Scrubber is the water agitator on the back end of your unit, that has a dual purpose of kicking up debris on the bottom of you pool to make it easier to clean and also the scrub steel wool type material at the end of the tail acts as scrubber. In this "How To" we will show you how to replace Polaris Sweep Tail Scrubber if yours has become damaged or dysfunctional.

Step by Step


Step 1

First disconnect your cleaner from its water port and hose, and set the hose to the side until tail scrubber installation is complete.

Step 2

The Polaris Sweep Tail Scrubber is the length of hose located under the float head. Replacement Polaris 280 Float Head part #: 3260-A020, Sweep Tail part #: 3260-B005

Step 3

To disconnect the Sweep Tail Scrubber from the Polaris's Feed Pipe, locate the clamp on the sweep tail's feed hose side, while gripping clamp as shown in this picture move one side to the 12 O'clock position and the opposite side to the 6 O'clock position. Continue doing this until the clamp's teeth are unbound then remove from hose. Replacement Polaris 280 Feed Pipe part #: 3260-K030, Clamp part #: 3260-B015

Step 4

With the clamp off the connection, slide the old sweep tail off the feed pipe nozzle and discard old scrubber. Replacement Polaris 280 Pool Cleaner Scrubber Tail part #: 3260-B005

Step 5

Now to install the new Polaris Sweep Tail, first you may want to moisten the end of the nose hose connection with a solution of water and dish soap to make it easier to fit over feed pipe nozzle. After applying solution simply connect hose to feed pipe.

Step 6

To secure the Sweeper Tail to the Polaris Feed Pipe, connect the tail to the pipe then slide the clamp over the house and spout. Once around the hose pinch the clamp to tighten as needed. Replacement Polaris 280 Feed Pipe part #: 3260-K030, Clamp part #: 3260-B015

Step 7

Once you have applied the clamp you check to be sure your new Polaris Sweeper Tail Scrubber is securely tightened to your cleaner, if you find no issues, you may resume operation of your pool cleaner.


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 Posted: 10/4/2019 

I need to replace the foam ball on the end. Where would I find ot

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 10/7/2019 

The replacement part you need is the Sweep Tail Scrubber - 9-100-3105. For future reference you could find that on the list of Cleaner Part Diagrams but you would need to know which model of cleaner you own.

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 3/1/2016 

tom - There is a sweep hose flow adjustment screw that screws into the attachment end of the hose. If you've already tried adjusting this screw, call technical support at Polaris/Zodiac 800-822-7922 for other correction options. They will want to know the model of your Polaris Cleaner. See our guide on “How To Identify Which Polaris Pool Cleaner You Have” if you are unsure of your model identification.

 Posted: 2/29/2016 

tail hose wont go back and forth....tried everything...just drags behind the head......

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 9/21/2015 

AnthonyH - Here is the link to the clamp that holds the Sweep Tail to the Polaris's Feed Pipe - Sweep Hose Clamp (b15).

 Posted: 9/20/2015 

My Polaris tail keeps coming off, despite repeated attempts to secure it. I'm not sure what the original attachment device was, so I asked one of my pool guys, who said they use plastic self-tightening bag ties to secure it. I tried this but it came off almost immediately. Is there a separate clamp I can buy, and if so, do you need to know the serial number, etc., of my unit?

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 2/28/2015 

Michael - The recommended sweep hose adjustment is the sweep hose flow adjustment screw. Since you had no success with this adjustment, I would recommend calling technical support at Polaris/Zodiac 800-822-7922. They will want to know the model of your Polaris Cleaner. See our guide on “How To Identify Which Polaris Pool Cleaner You Have” if you are unsure of your model identification.

 Posted: 2/25/2015 

Would you have any idea why the tail would stop swaying from side to side even after checking for pressure leaks? When I grab the hose out of the water, a strong stream is coming our, but no swaying left to right in the water. I have adjusted the "flow" screw to as loose as possible, to the mid setting and almost as tight as possible and no change. Would loosing the plastic clamp effect this? Please help. Thank you.

InyoPools Product Specialist  Posted: 7/24/2014 

Tabitha Nichole - This cleaner has a clamp to hold the end on the Sweep Tail Scrubber on. You may have to replace it if isn't holding the Scrubber on. If you have a different cleaner where the scrubber is screwed on and that won't hold, try wrapping 4-5 layers of plumber's tape around the threads before you screw the scrubber on.

 Posted: 7/23/2014 

Only the scrubber at the very end came off. It has threads, but they do not screw in, but rather pop in. Every time I put it on it comes right back off. Any info on getting that to stay?