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Are all vibe pumps interchangeable?

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The vibe pump of my Little Gem still seems to run, but has cut out on me recently when I overfilled my portafilter. It stopped working for a couple of hours, and the pump kicked back in the next time I turned the machine on. I have hence come to the conclusion that the pump needs to be replaced.

 

From a look at the partslist Fracino doesn't seem to specify what exactly the specs are for the Little Gem's UKLA pump, and there don't seem to be very many Fracino-specific pumps on the bay. Hence, I was wondering - are all vibe pumps specific to each machine, or is it just a case of finding something with an output higher than the OPV and I'm sorted?

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The vibe pump of my Little Gem still seems to run, but has cut out on me recently when I overfilled my portafilter. It stopped working for a couple of hours, and the pump kicked back in the next time I turned the machine on. I have hence come to the conclusion that the pump needs to be replaced.

 

From a look at the partslist Fracino doesn't seem to specify what exactly the specs are for the Little Gem's UKLA pump, and there don't seem to be very many Fracino-specific pumps on the bay. Hence, I was wondering - are all vibe pumps specific to each machine, or is it just a case of finding something with an output higher than the OPV and I'm sorted?

 

An Ulka EL or EX 5 should fit fine.


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First you could give it a try by cleaning the mushroom valves and checking the small plastic ball inside the pump, you can buy a new one at any time. I have come back to life several pumps like this. If buying new ULKA EX5 is fine.


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Cheers for the replies, exactly what I needed! L&R, I've only ever heard of the mushroom in the E61 grouphead, I presume you are talking about valves in the pump? I've never taken the pump out so am not entirely sure - do I have to take the pump apart to do this and check the plastic ball? (Also does anyone know how difficult, or not, it is to extract the vibe pump from a Little Gem?)

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Yes I meant small rubber valves w springs.

Take a look at this video if smth goes wrong you can buy a new pump, they are cheap on ebay.

Disregard that this is not a coffee machine ;) pump is same:

 

 

BR

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