Question about Hoover Floormate H3000 Upright Wet/Dry Vacuum
Ordered the part can't figure out how to take it apart to replace the part!
I have the same model with a broken water recovery hose. I can tell you how to get the old one off. Would you tell me Hoover's name and part# or item# for the part? I'm not sure I have found the right name or part number to order...
Remove the recovery tank. Remove 2 screws behind the recovery tank that hold a plastic cover on the collar connecting the recovrery hose to the "flat" plastic channel mounted behind the recovery tank. Remove the front nozzle and the brushes. Remove the grey outer cover from the top of the floor head section by prying upwardd on the front of the grey cover. Remove the plastic tie strap from around the recovery hose, water delivery hose, and the cable that runs up the length of the handle to the button that turns the brush motor on/off. I was able to "relaese the locking mechanism" on my tie strap and remove it so I think it is reusable, but you may have to cut/break yours then replace it on reassembly.
Now you have to unhook the front of the wheel assembly so it will swing down out of the way. This will be easier if you set the Dry/Wet selector to "Dry Pickup". To unhook the wheel assembly: (1) Dissconnect the cable associted with the brushes by pulling the black ball on the end of the cable upwards and out of the small black rectangular plastic connector. You'll probably also have to pull the cable's outer sheath upwards out of the channel it rests in. (2) Look directly behind and below where that ball was connected to find a small black post around which an arm is fastened by an elongated hole on the end of the arm. This post is designed to "pop" in and out of palce. (3) Using something like a pair of needle nose pliers, pop the post out by applying pressure toward the side of the head that has the Handle Release lever. (Be carefull not to drop and loose this post as I almost did.) Now from beneath the head, with a little force and some wiggling you should be able to pull the front of the wheel assambly downward so it swings out of the way.
The best way I can think to describe the next steps is if you look at the new part you'll see 2 tabs sticking down from the bottom of it with slots in them One tab hooks on a bump in the aqua colored plastic just behind the black Brush Motor housing and one hooks on a similar bump just forward of the Brush Motor housing. Looking at the head from the bottom, the rear tab is easy to see. To see the front one, look for a small slot in the aqua plastic. Reach a small screwdriver in from the bottom of the head and pry these tabs off the bumps while applying some pressure on the old recovery hose part (the rear tab goes to the rear and the front tab goes forward). I broke both tabs off my old recovery hose part and luckily didn't do much damage to the bumps. Once you release these tabs the part should be loose from the head.
Now press the Handle Release to tilt the head down in a typical operating posoition and you should be able to pull the hose connector down off the "flat" plastic channel and out toward the front of the machine. If the new part does not come with a connector on the top end of the hose, you can unscrew the old connector from the old hose (turning the opposite direction of normal threads) and srcew it onto the new hose.
Posted on Jan 12, 2009
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