02:36PM | 09/18/05
Member Since: 09/17/05
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I have had a craftsman jet 3.4 hp shallow well pump in use watering the yard from lake for about a year. It has been thru two summers and is shut down in the winter. Recently it appears to have sprung a leak and I can not figure where it is coming from. It could be from the metal band connection between the motor and the pump housing. Is there a method to help me determine what the problem is and how I might fix it. Thanks

John Gittings


05:35PM | 09/18/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1915 lifetime posts
It could the band that holds the pump housing on, it could be the fitting (band, don't remember) that holds the jet on it it is covertable jet pump, it could be the pump seal between the pump and motor.

But from my experience the most likely places are where the pipe fittings are threaded in to the discharge, pressure tap and the like. Lots of variations between models and there are often 2 or 3 different "holes" some of them might be plugged.

Dry it off and watch very, very carefully. This down on your knees and head againt the pump time. Don't just look at where it drops of the pump look up and around and check where it might be running from. If you are not sure of a place check it with a white paper towel and see if it is wet. If so wipe it dry and check again in a few minutes. Often a very small trickle can run down a crease in the case and be hard to spot, but the paper towel will quickly telll you if there is water there are not.

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