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The neutral and drive button is broken in half and the vacuum will not come on as if it is not getting any power.

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Kirbys have a safety switch on them and you need to make sure both the brush nozzle is on securley, and in some models the bag unit as well, the drive button is supposed to be like that. Also the cord could be the culprit check it for any cracks or breaks.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

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