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Not sucking up dirt in upright position

Cleaned out hose replaced bag beater brush turning and not picking up dirt while vacuuming carpet what is left

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If there is dust flyin around the vacuum u might try lookin for clogs on the bottom where the beater brush pushes the dirt in and maybe where the dirt goes into bag ive used wire clothes hangers to free em up works..hope this helps

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