Polaris P38 Pressure Pool Cleaner

The Polaris P38 is a pressure side pool cleaner for in ground pools that keeps your pool floor...

The Polaris P38 pressure-side pool cleaner uses power and durability to sweep, scrub, and vacuum your in-ground pool.

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The Polaris P38 is a pressure side pool cleaner for in ground pools that keeps your pool floor and walls clear of debris.

The Polaris P38 pressure-side pool cleaner uses power and durability to sweep, scrub, and vacuum your in-ground pool. The Polaris P38 is powered by triple jets and a separate booster pump and catches debris in its attached filter bag before it gets to your filtration system to help extend the life of your equipment. In just three hours, this pool cleaner scrubs, sweeps, and vacuums your pool’s bottom, walls, and steps. Keep your in-ground swimming pool clear of debris with the powerful, durable, and fast-cleaning Polaris P38 pressure-side Pool cleaner.


  • Pressure-side pool cleaner
  • Suitable for all in-ground pools
  • Sweeps, scrubs, and vacuums
  • Covers the pool's floor, walls, and steps
  • Three hour cleaning cycles
  • 31' Feed Hose
  • Uses Separate Booster Pump
  • Includes 3 BONUS Sweep Hose Scrubbers


Venturi Jets 3 Jets
Vacuum Inlet 2 ¼"
Drive Mechanism All-Wheel Belt Drive
Tires Classic, Black
Requires Booster Pump Yes
Auto Backup Yes
Debris Bag Single Chamber
Pool Type / Surface Inground / All
TailSweep PRO® Compatibility Yes


Model Description
WE000007 Polaris P38 Pressure Cleaner

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Polaris P38 Parts List

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Model Description  
TSP10P Polaris Tail Sweep Pro POP (Pack of 18)
R0522400 Sweep Hose Scrubber, 3/PK Sweep Hose Scrubber, 3 pack
9-100-1014 All-Purpose Debris Bag With Hook and Loop
9-100-1021 Polaris Zippered All-Purpose Bag, White (Pack of 10)
9-100-1016 Polaris All-Purpose Bag, Black 380/360/TR35P/TR36P (Pack of 10) 9-100-1014
9-100-1022 Polaris Zippered All-Purpose Bag, Black, 380/360 380/360 (Pack of 10) 9-100-1014
9-100-1024 Polaris EZ Bag, Disposable Filter Bag With Collar, 380/360 3/PK 48-133
9-100-1012 Polaris Leaf Bag (Pack of 10)
C10 All-purpose tire that provides maximum traction without damage to pool finishes (Pack of 10) All-purpose tire that provides maximum traction without damage to pool finishes
C11 Polaris Tire, MaxTrax, Black (Pack of 10) Black Max Tire for Polaris Pool Cleaners
C13 Polaris Positrax Tire 380/360
C14 Polaris Positrax Tire Black 180/280/360/380

Frequently Asked Questions

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Hangs up on steps or other obstacles longer than 3 minutes.
1. Check the wheel RPM. 2. Verify the back-up valve is cycling. 3. Adjust the thrust jet. 4. Remove unnecessary pool hardware or install a Ladder Guard Kit (order part #G21 from a Polaris dealer).
Polaris is sluggish, running with less power than normal.
1. Check the filter screen in the Quick Disconnect and clean if necessary. 2. Clean the skimmer basket, pump basket, and pool filter. 3. Check the hoses, connections, and swivels for leaks that could cause loss of water pressure. 4. Check the wheel RPM.
Polaris flies around the pool and/or does not make contact with the bottom of the pool.
1. Check the wheel RPM. If more than 32 RPM, unscrew the pressure relief valve to decrease water flow to cleaner. 2. Confirm that the blue restrictor disk is installed in the UWF to decrease water flow. If required install the red restrictor disk to decrease the water flow even more. 3. Verify that the back-up valve is cycling. Hold the valve out of the water and watch the jet. It should come on and go off. Note: The pressure relief valve should only be adjusted when a restrictor disk is installed.
Polaris doesn't back up.
Hold the back up valve out of the water and verify that it cycles on and off. A complete cycle takes about three minutes. If it stays on all the time or doesn't come on at all then replace the back up valve.
Cleaner only turns in one direction
1. Adjust the thrust jet. 2. Make sure feed hose is floating.
Hose(s) becomes tangled or coiled.
Check swivels and make sure they are spinning freely. Lay the hose out in the sun for 24 hours to eliminate any potential hose memory.
Sweep hose is sucked into the vacuum tube.
1. Make sure the opening at the end of the sweep hose is not blocked by the sweep hose scrubber. 2. Adjust the sweep hose to a gentle sweeping motion.
Sweep hose sprays too much water out of the pool.
1. Adjust the speed of the sweep hose by tightening the adjustment screw. 2. Replace the sweep hose scrubber if it is worn or missing. 3. Add a sweep hose weight (order part #B2) to keep the sweep hose from spraying.
The Cleaner does not clean the entire pool.
1. Verify that feed hose reaches within 6" of the farthest point of the pool. If not, order a new hose section from your Polaris dealer. 2. Check the thrust jet for 11:00 position that optimizes random turning. 3. While the cleaner is operating, hold it upside down and look into the vacuum tube. There should be three distinct, even jets of water. If there are not, contact Customer Service or a Polaris authorized Service Center for assistance.
The cleaner is running in circles on its side.
1. Empty the filter bag. A full bag can weigh the cleaner down on one side. 2. Remove the head float and shake it. If there is water in the float, replace it. 3. Check the hose floats to make sure they are spaced evenly.


P38 Addendum

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Polaris P38 / P39 Brochure

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Polaris 380/P38 Owner's Manual

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File Size: 1461125
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Polaris 380/P38 Quickstart Guide

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