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I don't know about all this "upgrade everything" every time someone wants to do a simple repair...

I just got my boat last fall, head worked when I got it (Jabsco) I just ordered a service kit ($60 shipped), to refresh pump just because I don't know when it was done last..

I don't see a need to buy a $340 new head...??

Now the OP (if he has broken plastic) might be better with new, but on just a basic rebuild...?
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What did you get for $60.00?
Some "O" Rings and a gasket?
I have seen those rebuild kits and for about double the money you can get a whole head.
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I don't know... am I missing something...?

Jabsco service kit for manual toilets Jabsco Par 29090-2 and 29120-2 series. For Post 1997 models (Gray Handle Model) includes o-ring (from plug), cap, base valve gasket, handle with bumper washer, seal assembly, top valve seat, cam, top valve gasket, o-ring (for flusher lever), screw (for flusher lever), screw (for valve cover), o-ring (from piston), screw (for pump cylinder) and joker valve. Part number Jabsco Par 29045-2000.
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I don't know... am I missing something...?

Jabsco service kit for manual toilets Jabsco Par 29090-2 and 29120-2 series. For Post 1997 models (Gray Handle Model) includes o-ring (from plug), cap, base valve gasket, handle with bumper washer, seal assembly, top valve seat, cam, top valve gasket, o-ring (for flusher lever), screw (for flusher lever), screw (for valve cover), o-ring (from piston), screw (for pump cylinder) and joker valve. Part number Jabsco Par 29045-2000.
What you're missing is that the head will NEVER work properly again! Believe me, I am not the type to suggest throwing anything out that can be repaired -- I am on a limited budget and do all my own work aboard.

Jabsco heads are just a horrible design. In short, they ain't worth a s**t.

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Do Not Buy the Rebuild Kit--buy the pump unit. It is easier to replace and there will be less of a chance for mishap. It takes very little time to replace the pump--much less time needed than for rebuilding the pump. Price shop. I've seen pumps go for as little as 48$ new (about 2 weeks ago). I live aboard my boat. The last time I replaced a Jabsco pump unit was over 2 years ago. The cheap Jabsco head continues to work like a charm.
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Thanks to all for the advice. Looks like a new head is in my future. I'm okay with that. Lesson learned, I guess -- but I've found that's what boating is all about :-) Oh, yeah, and getting out on the water sometimes, too!
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Do Not Buy the Rebuild Kit--buy the pump unit. It is easier to replace and there will be less of a chance for mishap. It takes very little time to replace the pump--much less time needed than for rebuilding the pump. Price shop.
The above is good advice.

I made the above decision this summer, even far up north in Ontario the price of the pump was better value for the money than the rebuild kit. If I were near civilization, I would have price shopped but in either case the installation was much easier.

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I know people with Jabsco's that keep a spare pump unit on their boat. When the head goes south they put the new pump on in a few minutes and keep cruising. When they get back they buy a new spare pump unit. Seems to work for 3 - 4 years at a stretch on a well used boat.
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The problem with that is that the gaskets are usually what goes. If they are not kept lubricated or held in a poor position (like when the switch is set to prevent water from entering) then the gaskets can harden or deform over time. I don't know if I'd want mine sitting for 3-4 years before usage unless I was travelling to places on earth where one couldn't be sourced.

A spare is a good idea though.
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Mine still works.. all I wanted to do was lube the gaskets like we're "all" supposed to do every year... and thought "long as I'm in there lets throw some new gaskets at it.."

And now I'm supposed to throw my head out and replace with something else...?
Bull Schmidt.. If it breaks (when it breaks...OK?) I'll replace rather than repair... but for now.. It ain't broke..and I ain't replacing it...
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