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How To Remove Broken Hayward Super Pump Drain Plugs


If you have a Hayward Super Pump that has broken drain plugs stuck inside of the pump housing / wet end of the pump and your looking for some help to guide you through the Hayward Super Pump Repair then read on. You maybe able to remove them with this trick I would use all the time on the job sites, when I was opening or closing a pool or even rebuilding a Hayward Super Pump.

When drain plugs are broken inside of the super pump housing they can cause the pump to suck air. If you need to replace the entire Hayward Super Pump housing it can cost you $120+ just for the pump housing then you will either have to do the labor yourself or pay a pump shop. Broken Hayward Super Pump Drain PlugSo removing the drain plugs with a few tools is a way to save money on your Hayward pump repair. Just so you know a new Hayward Super Pump can run between $300 – $500 dollars depending on the horsepower and model of the pump. So it’s much more practical in my book to repair the pump then to just replace it. Now, let’s talk about the tools you will need to get the broken plug out of the pump housing.

You will need a Flathead screwdriver and a hammer to remove the broken drain plug from the pump housing. You will want to be careful when removing the drain plugs so you do not destroy the inner threads. So when using the hammer as I describe in the next step, remember that there are threads that can be damaged if you get to out of control or are not careful when removing the broken drain plug.

The first thing you will want to do is remove the pump from the filter system if possible. This way you can place it somewhere and work on it in an open space. If your pump is already in an open area and you can easily get to the drain plug which is broken(front or side), then you probably won’t need to remove the pump from the filter system. but if your pump is in the dirt, trees, a dark area or so on, its best to remove the pump from the filter and place it onto a work bench or somewhere you can work on it. Okay, so now let’s move on to how you will remove the old drain plug from the Hayward Super Pump housing.

Now that you have the pump ready to go you will want to take the screwdriver and the hammer and tap the screw driver into the center of the plug using a good amount of force. You will want to tap the screwdriver into the plastic so you can then turn the screw driver counter clockwise and then remove it. When you tap the broken drain plug with the hammer this will tap and dirt and debris inside the threads. It also will cause the screw driver to get stuck into the old plug and then once it is you can back out / remove the broken plug. If you have trouble getting the screwdriver stuck into the plug that is broken off inside of the pump housing you can heat the end of the screwdriver up a bit with a small torch and that will make the tip of the screwdriver hot enough to melt into the old plug when you tap it in. You also may want to use an old screwdriver if you going to heat it up and melt it into the old plug. But using an old screw driver is cheaper then replacing the entire wet end / pump housing of your Hayward Super Pump.

Once you have removed the old plug you will want to replace it with a new one. Make sure to replace the plug with the right kind. There are two different styles of Hayward Drain Plugs. Some are tapered and some have rubber washers on them to make the seal.

If you have any other questions or need additional help fixing your Hayward Super Pump you can leave a comment below and I will try to help you with your problem. Always be sure to wear safety goggles when working with tools.


  1. Bakelite drain plug nut end broke off. The treaded broken end is stuck in the socket. It is old and almost glued in. I make some saw cuts and tried to tap out with a screw driver and hammer. It is not coming out very well. Would heat or cold help? Suggfestions

  2. My hollow drain plug broke off on the filter side of the pump, just leaving the hollow threads in the hole. How would you get those leftover threads out? Thanks!!

  3. I just drill a small hole through the center of the broken plug and use a standard bolt removal “easy-out” bit. It takes 2 minutes with no risk of damaging the housing threads.

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  5. I threads on the housing appear to be gone. The gasket keeps blowing out.Any suggestions.


    • Your out of luck. If you can go online to eBay or Amazon and see if you can locate a new housing base.

    • I had the same thing happen. I used JB-Weld plastic bonder to secure the plug permanently in the hole. I use a shop vac at the end of the season to remove as much water as I can from the bottom of the housing base. Even though I am in the northeast and temps get down below freezing, I have not had any issue with housing cracking from water expansion. May be worth a shot before buying a new housing.

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