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Vacuum does not run at all

I have Kirby ulimate G and have disassembled the unit to the point of taking the motor out and the switch off of motor. I can not get any continuity on switch even if I short the two terminals extruding from switch and I don't know which terminals to check on motor. Motor does not smell shorted. Trying to determine if the problem is in the switch or the motor. Can you help?

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  • kdbryant Dec 04, 2008

    My G2000 has the same problem. Did the switch fix yours?



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It is most likely the switch if you are not getting any continuity to it. the switches on these units are designed to cut power to keep the motor from shorting out. you can get the power switch here for 28.99 less the shipping.

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