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You have the change the belt yearly even if it isn't broken? I will try that 1st b/c if it needs a new motor it is trash! THANKS!

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  • nicole wright Oct 05, 2008

    I changed the belt and that seemed to have fixed the problem! THANKS!

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The belt looses it tensile strength (tightness) over time. But it's the part about funny sounds and shutting down that concerns me. If it smells like a tire fire then it's the belt if it smells like plastic and burned hair then the motor has a bad field or armature. Probably one of the carbon brushes got hung up and burned a segment in the armature.

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