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remove the blower tube by turning anticlockwise. remove cover from air inlet same way. attach large diameter suction tube to air inlet (has to fit correctly as this is where the safety switch is) attach collection bag to air exhaust opening (where you removed the blower tube from)
Change out the bag. Check the internal air passages for blockage. Check air flow without the bag and pick--up hose in place--should be quite forceful. Attach the bag and try again. If ok, attach the hose and try again. At some point, you should find a large blockage of debris. Hope that helps!
Remove the brushead and attach the adapter (round cup-looking device with a screen or grille on the front).Attach the hose to the blower (bag) side of the machine.In your attachment caddy,there should be a round rubber attachment with rubber teeth around the outer edge.Should be called the pet grooming tool.Grap the attachment and flip the teeth edge back as if you are trying to turn it inside out.It's now ready to use.If you are trying to unclog a dual (kitchen) sink,make sure the other side has the stopper firmly in place so that there is a seal for the entire drain system
There is a round grille on the bottom of the unit. Insert a flat blade screwdriver into the latch to release it and reveal the vacuum opening. You should have a two-piece intake pipe that will attach to the opening.
The collection bag attaches to the smaller outlet where the blower pipe used to be (unscrew the wing nut to release the blower pipe). The bag clips onto the hooks at the base of the opening.
The manual is confusing - I had the same problem. Make sure you put the belt around the smaller motor axle, not the lever arm attached to the on/off foot switch. It's a bit counter-intuitive, but that was my problem with this. Jeff
You need to take the power nozzle off and attach the thing that looks like a little plastic cup with two hooks on it. This is the intake guard. Attach it to the front. Now remove the cloth bag and put the hose on the hole where the bag was. You'll have to line the arrow on the hose up with the notch on the Kirby and push the hose arm toward the Kirby until it pops on. If you need to, lube up the edges of the hole with a wee bit of vaseline or hand lotion. This makes the hose engage easier. Since you lost your manual, you may need belt change instructions as well. Here is a link to my online guide that will show you how....
Thank you, Mine is doing the same thing, I talked to the Vacuum repair guy in my town and he says the berrings(?) go out alot on the Kirby shampooers. But I will definitly try what you did first before replace the Berrings.