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I have the yellow altima vac. for a while now I can not get the darn thing to pick up properly. Or should i say keep it up.. The vac does seem to be getting everything picked up but as soon as you turn it off, you have a mess under the vac.. I have checked for clogks and can't seem to find any.. I have removed the hose, Nothing there.. And yep have removed the yellow thing inside the trash cup.. Is there anything else you could suggest??

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  • Anonymous Feb 10, 2009

    I have the yellow Altima as well, I've only had it about 6 months & out of the six months it has only worked properly 3 months, I vacumn I have changed all filters, cleaned the roller on the bottom, the brushes on the bottom & I empty the cannister everyday.....when I bought the cleaner, I was sooo happy with the results it gave me, my floor was it picks up nothing, basically pushes it around & I can't run it for longer than 10 min. at a time without it smelling hot. Huge disappointment!

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    Cindy Mosley Feb 23, 2009

    I have the same problems with the yellow altima. How do you change the belt? Cindy8236

  • Anonymous Feb 26, 2009

    I have the same problem with the yellow altima, but I thought that it was that the belt was bad. I went to change it, but I cannot figure out how to get into the darn thing!!



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If it smells hot, then there's a strain on the motor no doubt about it. Check the suction channel behind the sole plate and remove all of the hoses to check for a clog. It could well be that there is a clog inside the machine after the dust channel from the beater bar and before the main hose assembly goes into the bin. Usually a wire brush or just a blunt stick can remove clogs but please be gentle. 
Belt replacement on the Altimas occur on top of the hood, look for crosshead screws on the left hand side and then possibly on the other side where the pedal release is. Also there may be two crosshead screws on the front where the top of the beater bar housing is on either side. 

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Everytime I got to clean out my vac, I think I've got that big long tube cleared, but I don't! I detach the entire tube, and unscrew the clear attachment that hooks into the back of the vac. I shake it as much as I can and am always amazed at everything that comes out. Then I drop a quarter (or something small and heavy) in one end, and try to shake it out the other. Almost always, my quarter doesn't come out. Sometimes it will shake things loose and I will get even more junk out. I will then take a broom handle and stick thru the tube. I also do this with the smaller tube that hooks into the yellow bottom part of the vac. I don't stop till my quarter goes smoothly from one end to the other. Hope that makes sense. Good luck!

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I posted my problem with the yellow Altima Eureka.
I cleaned all the filters and changed the belt (U belt for Eureka) by unscrewing the two bolts on the bottom (very easy) and cleaned out any dust around that area and that there are no cloggs in the hose. My vac works just great now. With regular use (about once a week) you should only need to change your belt once a year. with heavier use I would suggest every six months. The belts come two to a pack and are not expensive.

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    Cindy Mosley Apr 08, 2009

    Make sure you clean out all the filters. The Hepa Filter, and the sponge filter (very important) you can just rinse this one out after you use it, squeeze it dry and put back in. Make sure you take the hose off the back of the vac and make sure it is clear and clean. Change the belt at least once a year and if you use it a lot, about every six months. All these things have really helped my vac operate just great because I had the same problem. Maintenance is very important for the vac.

    I hope all this helps.



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