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Burned out motor on QPL625 Shop Vac

Is it possible to replace the motor for my Shop Vac at a reasonable price? Is this something I can just replace myself?

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  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    motor is squeeking

  • Anonymous Mar 13, 2014

    motor will not run



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Well if you can find the motor ( find a place that deals with the manufacturer directly so you get the right part ) and it isnt to expensive, most shop vacs are pretty easy, if you look under the top you should see about four screws, remove those and the top should come of giving you access to the motor, take note about the wires and what they hook up to. i doubt the motor is fastend down other than that.

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