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Need Help Fixing A Wilcox Crittenden Head Toilet

I was able to find a manual for my toilet, but it doesnt have any sort of trouble shooting or set up info.

My head just doesn't seem to be drawing sea water when flushing. Beyond making sure the seacock is open and there is a bucket full of water in the head when trying to flush, does anyone know of anything I might be able to do to make her flush?

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Beyond checking the vent to make sure it's not clogged and (the obvious) making sure the tank's not full, you might want to look at Peggie Hall's area on the Sailboatowners.com web site. She is the expert when it comes to all stinky things.
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sweet!!! many thanks

She looks to be in pretty good shape, but I'd hate to take it comepltely apart if i didnt have to..
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I was able to find a manual for my toilet, but it doesnt have any sort of trouble shooting or set up info.

My head just doesn't seem to be drawing sea water when flushing. Beyond making sure the seacock is open and there is a bucket full of water in the head when trying to flush, does anyone know of anything I might be able to do to make her flush?

Many thanks!@
Apologies in advance if this is too simple, but.....

All heads have some form of a 'flush' or 'dry bowl' switch.. are you sure you are trying the head in the 'flush' mode? If you're in the dry bowl mode that's all it will be trying to do... ie pump the bowl contents out of the bowl, and not bring in any flushing water.
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I have had a similar problem on a Jabsco. It was the top valve gasket.
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Seaclo Repair Kits

You might need one of these.

Occasionally, after lack of use, I need to do several short rapid pumps to get water flowing.
( priming the pump so to speak)

There's a little rubber gasket around a plastic ring at the end of the plunger that wears out and may not be allowing proper suction.

I had one unscrew itself once..guests kept spinning the handle...does the plunger feel loose?

I purchased the above kit a few years ago and it made a world of difference, worked like a brand new head!
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It depends which model you have. One trick I have learned over the years is that sometime you have to prime the pump. Disconnect the fresh water feed coming from the pump to the bowl. Pour some water into that line and slowly lift the pump lever drawing water into the pump body. Once you have done that reconnect to toilet and that should do it.
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this is simply great information! I will give the suggestions a look and will let the group know my findings! thanks a lot!
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I was able to get her working!

In the end I just started takig things apart, starting with the easiest stuff, and thankfully, found the culprit early.

Apparently, the previous owner had left the thru-hull open on the intake and something that looked like a cross between alien/predator had inhabited and completely blocked the intake tube. After taking it off the head and thoroughly washing it through and reattaching, it works like a charm!

Thanks again for everyone's help
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