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Need Help - Broken Ballast Pump!


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Hi there everyone! I'm hoping someone out there will be able to help me out with this. I have a '06 Wakesetter VLX. Just recently the drain pump for one of the rear locker tanks stopped working, the fill pump still works. I am of course going to get the pump replaced but I need a short term fix because right now the tank is stuck full. I would like to be able to drain it as I am taking my boat on a long haul and would like to eliminate as much extra weight as possible. So here's my question, is there any way to manually drain the ballast tanks? From my inspections I don't see how this is possible but I'm hoping there might be some way. Any feedback and info is greatly appreciated!

Thank you!


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The rear drain pump will be under the floor panel behind the tank that will not drain. You have to pull the floor to replace that pump. There are a few screws along the engine side of the floor panel and you have to take the side piece of the rear center seat off to get the floor up. the panel will need to be raised and moved forward, then you will see the pump. Get to that point and then replace the pump cartridge or unhook the drain hose and let it drain to the bilge. If I got that far I would be sure to have replacement parts to fix it then instead of having to go through the disassemble twice.

Other than fixing it right, you may be able to get in the fill or vent port and siphon or use a manual pump to empty it till you get the repair parts for your bad pump. The fill and vent fittings are located at the front of the rear storage compartment towards the engine. Pull the hose off and stick a smaller hose in the tank and drain by pump or siphon.

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