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KIRBY 5 PROBLEM

My Kirby turns on, but when I try to go forward, I have to actually push it forward. It still has suction and the belt is not busted. But, it's much harder to vacuum.

What could be the problem?

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Make sure the lever it the very back of the machine is in the on or drive position, make sure the height is up high enough ( the higher the better as long as it is still cleaning - lower is not better ) and change the belt even if it isn't broken they can stretch out in less then a year of use.

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