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Scooba circles and only goes backwards.

My scooba circles one direction and then the other and then goes backwards. I've cleaned the little blue front wheel, but it continues. Can you help me?

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    A Kingsqueen Feb 25, 2014

    The front wheel needs to be replaced. Same thing was happening to mine, I replaced wheel and it's working again.

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Scooba Stops backs goes in a circle and repeats

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    Why does my Scooba just backs in a circle and shuts down then it will repeat it self

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Try cleaning the cliff sensors under bumper

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My scooba 5800 has a problem. When i push the power button, and hen the cleant button, he makes ~1 circle, stops, turns again, stops, goes backwards, stops, and then goes backwards and stops until he is on a wall


the right answer is:

I've found the problem !!!

On the picture of the Tachymeter system, the first cable (brown, on the pin number 3), didn't make contact anymore. There was oxydation on the contact. I had to soldier it again.

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Posted on Aug 03, 2011

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    A Kingsqueen Feb 25, 2014

    The front wheel needs to be replaced. Same thing was happening to mine, I replaced wheel and it's working again.

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Ours did that, the other persons post helped, we took everything apart and cleaned every inch of it. there was some dog hair trapped inside of it right in front of the sensor. we put everything back together and it works great now! we just google "how to take apart a scooba" and followed the description and pictures, just be careful when you do it, we still had 4 screws left over afterwards, dont know what we missed but it works so that works for me! good luck!

Posted on Jun 28, 2009

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    david dison Dec 28, 2013

    ok i going to try that, thanks

  • A Kingsqueen
    A Kingsqueen Feb 25, 2014

    The front wheel needs to be replaced. Same thing was happening to mine, I replaced wheel and it's working again.

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My Scooba (brand new battery) won't spray water out to clean the floor. What should I do? I've tried over and over. It moves in circles but no fluid will come out to clean the floor!!!!!


Ive had that problem and what i did was put the tank in the kitchen sink and turned the water on blast and let it everything flush out through the diffeiirent outings in the tank. Also (i think this was the actual solution) i got the little blue squeeze ball thingy and placed the tip over the little white tip (or light blue tip) that lays on top of the unit (you will see it after you remove the tank) and just squeezed and squeezed the ball over and over and over again. Its the same way as you would prime the tank to get the water flowing. I noticed when i did that a tiny white piece of lint came out as welll..so it was probably clogged. but nevertheless, that is alway a must, to prime the machine by placing the tip of that squueze ball over the little nozzle tip thats on top of the unit (which is under the tank itself). )

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Starts out backwards, then circles ,then stops. and repeats


Remove all three wheels and make sure they're clean. Tap the bumper with your hand, and maybe blow out behind it with compressed air. If the problem continues, call us-- it's in the wheel motors, most likely. 1-877-855-8593.

Aug 08, 2009 | iRobot 5900 Scooba Robotic Wet/Dry Vacuum

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Scooba now stops sooner and isn't finished cleaning :-(


I had this problem and contacted irobot. An important fact was left out of the early edition user manual to not leave the battery charging for an extended amount of time. Because of this ommision, they sent me a new battery and a software upgrade for the scooba. I just followed the directions and attached the little device they sent to do the upgrade the scooba and it fixed the battery problem.

Hope this helps.

Jul 17, 2009 | iRobot 5800 Scooba Vacuum

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Irobot scooba 5800 spins quickly then sets off backwards


Remove and clean all of the wheels, and make sure the cliff sensors under the bumper are clean. Tap the bumper with your hand-- really smack it a couple of times. It sounds like the Scooba believes it's stuck against an obstacle.

May 10, 2009 | iRobot 5800 Scooba Vacuum

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I cant open my scooba


If you haven't used the scooba before or if it has been a long time, the pump may need to be primed.  Go to irobot and do a search for how to do this.  I also had difficulty opening my scooba.  Press down with the palm of your hand on the back silver plate as you push down on the silver release handle.  This worked for me.

Apr 28, 2009 | iRobot 5800 Scooba Vacuum

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Scooba not picking up dirt


I have had the same problem for six months and finally found the solution.

The problem is that the air duct into the dirty water tank was blocked. The air flows up the black removeable hose, into the dirty water tank and out through the filter. With the air duct into the dirty water tank blocked, no dirt gets anywhere near the filter.

The black removeable hose is the hose in the base of Scooba that the instructions tell the user to clean after each use. Despite cleaning this hose after each use, plenty of cat hair and other dirt passed by the hose and got lodged above it on the tank side of the incoming air duct.

The air duct into the dirty water tank is formed out of the blue plastic the tank is made from. You can find it by looking to see where the black removeable hose lines up with the tank when it is placed on Scooba. It is the same diameter is a the removeable black hose so you can't miss it.

Getting the gunk out is tricky because there is a bend in the duct. I fished most of it out with my fingers and then poked a bendable plastic spoon handle to get further down the duct. I then flushed water down it and shook the tank to get more out. After cleaning, water dripped into the air vent would come out the dirty water tank drain hole with little resistance.

After cleaning the air intake duct I ran my Scooba and got dirt in the filter for the first time in months.

Feb 09, 2008 | iRobot 5800 Scooba Vacuum

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Stuck on check tank indicator


If your Scooba's Green Check Tank light is coming on immediately on startup, please try the following steps:

1. Remove and reseat Scooba's battery, ensuring that you hear it click into place.
2. Remove and reseat the brush head
3. Remove and reseat the vacuum port and filter. When replacing the filter, be sure to press firmly into the hole. There is a magnet on the filter that must connect with the magnet on the Scooba.
4. Fill Scooba’s Clean Tank with approximately 1 cup of cold water, shake vigorously, and empty it to remove any debris in the tank.
5. Empty the Dirty Tank, refill with water, and slosh it around to pick up any sediment. Empty the Dirty Tank again.
6. Refill Scooba’s Clean Tank with water, adding a pinch or two of table salt. Run the Scooba. If the issue persists, please follow the steps below:

With the tank removed, press the Power button and then the Clean button.

If the robot tries to start a cleaning cycle, power off the robot and repeat, pressing the Power button first and then the Clean button. If the pump makes a “whirring” or squirting sound and the robot does not start a cleaning cycle (Check Tank indicator will light), this indicates that the pump is working. Replace the tank and try starting a new cleaning cycle with the tank on.

If Scooba does begin a cleaning cycle the second time you press the Power and then the Clean button with the tank removed, the pump valve could be blocked with debris. Using a turkey baster, straw or sports bottle, force water through Scooba’s solution valve. Confirm that the baster, straw or sports bottle fits snugly over Scooba’s solution valve, push water through the system at least three times, and then try re-starting Scooba.

Below is a link to a diagram of these steps for visual reference:

Title: Scooba is not putting down cleaning solution
http://homesupport.irobot.com/cgi-bin/irobot_homesupport.cfg/php/enduser/std_adp.php?p_faqid=322&p_created=1167154849

Nov 01, 2007 | iRobot 5800 Scooba Vacuum

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Scooba 5800 Power button Red Blinking (Continued)


As for which one has the problem, I would say it has to be the battery. Rechargeable batteries of all types are known to have similar characteristics, one of which is discharging the batteries to maintain good rechargeablility. At least one person has demonstrated this for the Scooba battery in the roombareview.com forums when he brought a "dead" battery back to life. He allowed the battery to slowly and completely discharge using a 12-volt automobile bulb, followed by recharging the battery on the Scooba external charger. This procedure brought his "dead" battery back to a full charge! However, other forum members have reported that many have experienced problems with Scooba battery life, and that as a consequence of this iRobot will replace your battery if you call them and report a short-life battery problem. You can contact iRobot at (800) 727-9077 if you would like to report a battery problem and request a replacement.

Aug 07, 2007 | iRobot 5800 Scooba Vacuum

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Scooba 5800 Power button Red Blinking


You probably have the manual, but here's the link to the Scooba 5800 manual anyway - just in case this would be useful to you: --> http://www.irobot.com/images/homesupport/5800_Scooba_Manual.pdf You could use a voltmeter to check the battery, but only a few months use shouldn't be enough to wear it out. If you don't have a load-tester to verify the battery's load-capacity, then you can check the voltage drop. (Assuming you can get it to contact the Scooba's circuits.) To do this, just check the battery voltage, apply a load by inserting it in the machine and turning it on, then check the battery voltage again. An excessive drop in voltage may indicate the battery needs replacing. However, the red blinking light is Scooba's indicator that it doesn't detect the battery at all. The first thing to do in this case is to clean the electrical contacts on the battery and in the Scooba. Use a damp cloth and a bit of toothpaste to rub the contacts clean on the battery and in the machine. (Toothpaste has mild abrasives in it and will clean the electric contacts without damaging them.) Make sure that both the battery and the Scooba are clean and dry before re-inserting the battery. Also, if the electric contacts in the machine are flexible matal tabs then verify that the tabs are standing up high enough to make good contact with the battery contacts. Hopefully the battery just needs it's contacts cleaned for your unit to work, but test the battery if you are sure that they are clean and seated properly to the contacts in the machine. If the battery appears to be failing, then contact www.irobot.com to cheack and see if they are still covered under your machine's warranty. Hope this helps! :)

Aug 06, 2007 | iRobot 5800 Scooba Vacuum

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