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Kenmore/Sears Progressive 116 How to get housing off to replace cord

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I was wondering if anyone can help me. I would like to replace the cord assembly on my progressive 116. When I took to Vac store it was going to cost about $80.00 to fix and I think that if I could get into the thing I could replace it myself. Can someone please advise how to open the housing? I only see two screws and they are inside near the bag. I have unscrewed those, but it is still attached somehow. Can someone please help me?

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There are four screws, two at the front and two at the back under the step bar that rewinds the cord.  It lifts off from the bottom.  Be careful not to snap off the tabs.

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I have 116 have 3 screws 2 upfront one in the back put the vacuum on it back and push the top part with the handle backward and the housing forward . so easy

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Model 116 Kenmore vacuum cleaner. 20+ years old,


Greetings,

I believe that this is probably a Kenmore Canister vacuum cleaner, but I can't be positive. The model number 116 is just the first part, and all Sears vacuum cleaners start with model 116. There is a . after the 116 that will identify the vacuum. If you'd like me to be more model specific, or if this is an upright vacuum, please just request a clarification and I can take pictures even for you.

If this is a canister style vacuum, then you'll need to remove the foot pedal that rewinds the cord reel. There are 2 or 3 (depending on which model you have) hidden screws underneath of this pedal. You may simply pry off the pedal using a flat head screw driver. Also when you have the bag door open, you may just pull forward while it's open, and this will remove the bag door housing. There should be two screws in the front of the motor housing that need to be removed as well.

My guess from the age of the vacuum that's probably the motor that's gone. If this is the case, you probably can still get a motor if you'd like to just replace the motor inside, rather then buying a new vacuum. Typical Sears Kenmore canister motors sell for 79-120 dollars.

Again, I'd be happy to try and help you further, I will just need the entire model number after the 116. to know which vacuum you have.

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