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Dyson dc16 dies after three seconds

Fixed the magnet transistor switch and dyson still dies after three seconds

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SOURCE: Dyson DC16 Handheld Vacuum Cleaner Manual

Yes! Go to Click on "using your dyson", then (next window) on "select your model", then (next window) on "select your model" again, then (next window) on "DC user guide". And there you are, you've got a copy of the user manual.
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Posted on May 17, 2009

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SOURCE: I have the same problem as steve967 The dyson

Dear Michael_Stad,

I am going to sound like a broken record but here is my same answer to another person with the same problem.

I have I had the same problem with my Dyson DC16, where it only runs for a few seconds at a time with each trigger pull. My husband called Dyson (Canada) and without hassle they shipped us a replacement part which I just received this morning. The replacement part sent to us is: DC16 Main Body with Rating Plate. It is also under warranty for 1 year. The great customer service makes up for the flaw in the machine. Also, Dyson is aware of the problem. Hope this helps.

Posted on Oct 30, 2009

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SOURCE: My dyson DC16 constantly shuts off even when

Hi its Darran at Dyson.

From your description of the problem, it sounds as though there is a problem with the battery.

Your DC16 will have been supplied with a 2 year guarantee. If it still within this period, please contact our Helpline on 0800 298 0298. However if your machine is no longer covered, a replacement battery can be purchased via our website at

Kind regards
Dyson Customer Service

Posted on Apr 20, 2010

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SOURCE: my dyson dc16 is not holding a charge

I had that SAME problem! It ran for just a few seconds after having a full charge. Cleaned the filters, tried everything. Just needed a new battery...

My Dyson DC16 hand vac's battery finally went out at 4 years, which is about right. I didn't want to pay Dyson $75.00 for a new one!

I found a good deal on ebay for new batteries that didn't break the bank!
That's all it needed.

It's good to have my hand vacuum back! I missed it!

Rock on Dyson.......

Posted on Jun 22, 2010

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SOURCE: Dyson DC16 has broken impeller. Need schematic

you cannot buy the impella but i have a complete motor for spares if u think your upto the job pls msg me,,

you pay postage costs via paypal and 10£ for motor and its yours,

Posted on Jun 26, 2010

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I'm sorry to hear you're having difficulty with your DC16. If the machine is displaying a red light, I'd encourage you to call us so we can run through some troubleshooting over the phone. You can reach us on 0800 298 0298 (UK), or 1-866-693-9766 (US) - please have the machine to hand when you call.

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I have a dyson hand held that shuts off after just a few seconds of run time. we keep it charged but to no avail. Can someone suggest a solution.

yeap..... i just found a fix for this ,, its mad how easy it is to fix as well...and it works 100%,,,
now dyson implemented a filter magnetic switch if u take your filter off you will see a small magnet in the corner,, u will notice where the magnet is behind it is rased platic,, now,,that the problem on the main board the transistor that picks up magentic signal from the filter is dud,!
dont ask me why it happens,, its a pain i know.,.
now take off collection pot for dust now take battery off.

now where the serial number is theres 2 hex screws that need taking out..

now u will see a small pcb board.. remove with one tiny security screw holding it in,, once removed pull both red plug off thats the digital motor plug.. and white plug which is battery,, once u have done this pull the board down and back gently. as there is a long bit of board that goes up the back of the dyson plastic be very carefull pull this out.. now the long and thin pcb board that is hidden is what we need there is a tiny transistor,,, we need to remove this carefully..once removed,, we solder a thin wire from 2 point A+C need to be soldered together with a thin piece of wire, it will not harm the motor.. as long as u keep it clean,,

these points corolate to the transistor,,



SOLDER AND A+C WITH A FINE PIECE OF WIRE NOW,, AND WALLAH... fixed put it all back together again,,, charge the battery,, and your away,,, working again,, if not u have other faults.. but 99% fix this with flashing red led,,,!!

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