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Replacing On-Off Switch

I actually have a model 23612001 Kenmore Progressive Vacuum but do not see it listed. It appears that it is of the same general design as this one. I need to take the handle apart to get at the power switch. I've removed the three screws that hold the half's of the handled together, but there must be more to do. I have not forced it for fear of cracking the plastic. Is there a trick to getting at the switch?

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  • nub4 Nov 20, 2007

    I, too, suspect that the On-Off switch is the source of my trouble (vacuum suction works OK, belt drive inoperable on the Power Mate and the Power Mate JR). I was able to remove the cover by first removing three screws, then working the cover back and forth, while GENTLY applying upward pressure on the cover. Be patient - it will come off. As for the switch, I'm still trying to locate the part and haven't replaced it as yet, so I can't say if that is the actual fix.

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Use a butter knife...it will pop off.

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