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[b]Hot Springs Moto-Massage problems[/b]

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[b]Hot Springs Moto-Massage problems[/b]
I've got a 1999 Hot Springs Sovereign Spa and upon turning the spa on following replacing the no-fault 6000 heater I found that the Moto-Massage unit is acting up.For the most part the moto-massage is stationary. I tried running the spa without the filters and that didn't make an appreciable difference. I can get it to start up for a while if I stick my hand in there and touch the arm. It then usually runs for 5-10 seconds. Even more interesting is that I can get it to run for a while (a few minutes) if I cycle one of the comfort control valves from High to low and back to high. I'm thinking I need to take off the moto massage cover plate and see what is going on under there. Any ideas or input is welcomed!thanks,Chris
Posted: 2008-03-04 03:28:43   By: cdelgrande
You may just need to replace the moto-massage jet. If you take it out, hold it by the jet end and see if the 'vertibrae' pieces hang down straight and are loose. If it has a bend to it then it won't work.
Posted: 2008-03-04 07:02:56   By:
I got this from the moto-massage website:Before Replacing: If your jet is not traveling up & down there may be other reasons why: 1. Low water flow due to jet pump malfunction but usually it's dirty, clogged filters. 2. Improper air mixture due to air valve failure or the Moto-MassageĀ® air tube is disconnected or split (this jet will not travel without an air and water mixture). 3. Moto-MassageĀ® nozzle misaligned. (not traveling perfectly vertical) I thought it might point you in a little bit better direction.
Posted: 2008-03-05 12:24:11   By: charliez
This is that actual website that it's from:
Posted: 2008-03-05 12:25:23   By: charliez
thanks for the input!Here is one extra datapoint that I noticed last night. When I turn off the jets I notice that there are bunch of air bubbles that come out of the moto-massage unit. I can't recall if this always was the case or if there is possibly some issue with the air tube???thanks,Chris
Posted: 2008-03-05 02:23:06   By: cdelgrande
Ok, this is a dumb question, but can I replace the moto-massage with the tub filled? I wasn't sure whether or not water getting in the air tube would be a problem?worst-case I figure I'd need to drain it 18 inches or so...thanks,Chris
Posted: 2008-03-07 12:12:11   By: cdelgrande
Thanks for all the help!After examining it I could tell that the spine was broken so I replaced it. I noticed how brittle this plastic had become over the 8-9 years that I've had the spa. In fact, when replacing it I managed to break off a few more spine pieces.But now things are working well once again!thanks,Chris
Posted: 2008-03-10 02:11:45   By: cdelgrande
Re: [b]Hot Springs Moto-Massage problems[/b]
Hello,4 yr. old Hot Springs Sovereign back massage won't work. Tried taking filters out but didn't fix it.[b:3iczo5zv]How do I get to the workings of the back massage?[/b:3iczo5zv] What panels do I remove? Where are the vacuum hoses? (It has been drained).[b:3iczo5zv]Also[/b:3iczo5zv], the [b:3iczo5zv]diverter knob[/b:3iczo5zv] is very difficult to turn and the inside rear control on/off switch no longer functions.Thanks, Don
Posted: 2009-03-25 09:49:41   By: atheymd