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If it's a pump with an internal switch, take it back to the vendor for replacement... If it's a new separate switch, do the same.
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It may be working as designed, I tried to warn of this in post 33. Those Rule pumps with integrated switches require deep water before they trip the switch. They are best when used in a deep separate bilge rather than requiring the entire bottom of the boat to fill. Anyway, pull it out and stuff it entirely down into a bucket of water and see what happens.

You could wire a separate float switch to the manual lead, although, that's not what it was intended for.
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So do you think I should buy one that uses a manual float switch?
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You say - deep water -
the pump was nearly submerged...
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Recollection is that it should trip when about 70% or 80% submerged and pump down to about a quarter inch of remaining water. Yours can be officially tested in a bucket.

Because that can be several inches of water, you would want it installed in a low bilge that collects from a broader area, rather than have to wait for the entire broad area to fill. Not sure I am describing that well enough.
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If you need it to come on sooner, you may need a different pump without the auto switch, so that you can install a switch at the level you like.

Of course, the internal switch may just be bad, so test it first. A new one may fix your problem for now, but take it as a warning sign of these integrated switches.
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I 'think' my bilge is the same depth - for what i can see in 3-4 different places under floor.

If I place a foot switch 'lower' than the pump, the pump will most likely NOT be in water high enough to pump - thus burning up the pump ?
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Float switch would not go below pump, but could cycle sooner. Maybe a pic of bilge.

Did you test in bucket?
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Well here is another story...

Remember the IMBI Combi system I told you guys about?
Remember the wiring associated with the 'missing' parts that I was contemplating cutting and throwing away ( because the company went out of business in the early 80's ? ).

and remember the 'gaping hole' in the enclosure above the wheel ?


PREPARE YOURSELF.........

I went to a 'yard sale' for boats.. some random boating stuff put on by the marina and came upon this 'thing' that looked like it would fit the enclosure, that had the words IMBI on it.... Depth finder and speed gauge..

$ 10.00


Went to the boat, plugged in the serial cord, and placed it into the perfectly shaped enclosure... flipped the nav breaker.. and waaalaaa - IT WORKS.

What are the chances I would find this ?????? Please see member galleries....

http://www.sailnet.com/photogallery/.../ppuser/166433

this is unbelievable...
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That must be the reward for some good clean living. Congrats.

How did you finally make out with the bilge pump?
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