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Old 31-05-2011, 09:04   #1
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Rule Mate Bilge Pump problems

We just purchased a brand new Rule Mate bilge pump 750GPH, and we have yet to get it to work properly. It will turn on, and it will pump water, but it won't ever turn off. It doesn't matter what setting it's on (off, on, automatic).

Has anyone had any problems with them like this? Any suggestions?

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Re: Rule Mate Bilge Pump problems

mi8ght be dirty stuff trying to flow out--- mine wont turn off when that is the case- also check the age andfunction of the flapper switch--- after a yr or yr and half, they up and quit. goood luck
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I had the same problem with the 500. It has something to do with the new oil sensing float. I happened to have the old 500 and switched them. The old one works fine. It seems this is a common problem. Return it.
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Re: Rule Mate Bilge Pump problems

Return it to the dealer. Rule / Jabsco has a good warranty. I installed one of the new oil sensing Rule Mates on my boat also. It does take longer to turn off than the old float switch style but it does turn off. If you get up to Miami, you can bring it to me. I'll exchange it for you.
The new Rule Mate pumps with the dome top don't have float switches. They have sensors that use "Field Effect" technology to recognize the "Dielectric Constant" of water only.
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Re: Rule Mate Bilge Pump problems

Turned out to be faulty. Sent it back - which worked out perfectly for us because we were able to do more research and find out a much better solution for the boat (especially with impending hurricane season upon us!).

Thanks to all for the help!
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Re: Rule Mate Bilge Pump problems

So, what did you use instead... don't leave us hangin' ! ;-)

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Re: Rule Mate Bilge Pump problems

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So, what did you use instead... don't leave us hangin' ! ;-)

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We picked up a Johnson 1000 for our primary. We have a very small bilge with limited space to cram a pump into, so it fits perfectly (especially compared to a Rule Mate). Our secondary is a Rule 2000, which sits up higher in the bilge for our 'oh ****' emergency pump. We've removed the check valve, and inserted a float switch instead.

In theory, if we get rocked this season with a storm we should be floatin'! Now we just have to get the rum provisions...
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