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Hoover Steam Vac Dual V brushes won't turn

Seems the square hole that the brush spindle fits in is frozen will not turn either, I ordered a new brush and that did not fix it of course. I love this carpet cleaner but am frustrated that I have used it approx. 7 times and it is broke already. reading the posts I do think it is the Turbine and a very expensive fix.

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  • Anonymous Dec 31, 2008

    I have used the carpet cleaner twice and the brushes stopped working. I cleaned out the screen on the bottom of the cleaner as it is suggested in the Manual. I am currently looking for the reciept for this item, in order to return it. I believe it could be the Switch for the turn off for the brushes could be the fault. I am not willing to fix something that I can still return.

  • elhickerson Jan 13, 2009

    I have used the Hoover Steamvac Dual V exactly 2 times and the brushes will not turn. As someone else mentioned it appears to be the switch as the turbine runs free but will not turn on. I think the linkage has come loose or is broken. Can you tell me how to remove the cover to look at the switch linkage?

  • Anonymous Mar 21, 2009

    basically the EXACT same thing and cannot find an answer on the net or anywhere.

  • deborah blackwell Jul 17, 2013

    I have 4 Hoover Carpet cleaners and the 4th was the last one I will bu because on all four of then, ther brushes will not turn. This last one was used 4 times. I love the cleaners but this is just too frustrating for me.

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The brushes are driven with air pressure from vacuum motor. The switch merely opens a small door to allow air flow. usually there is a screen that is plugged that stops air flow which stops the brushes from turning. I too only used the appliance once and it broke. The round disc (turbine) had become jammed with no major obstruction. Cleaned anyway and put back together and it started to work again. I am so done with Hoover--no more of their products for me. To fix. the whole brush motor had to be removed and disassembled and cleaned. Not impressed at all!

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  • ewil56 Jul 16, 2010

    2010-0716 worked like a charm, worth 1 1/2 of your life. Sure is, cause if I had to take it in to be serviced, wait, go pick it up, pay for it..... jes. Remember read the diagram and follow the screws... Female 54, oh yea, can still do it. Thanks for you information.

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Thank you for your advice. I will try to clean the motor and see if it just needs to be cleaned. However, I do want to say that this is the second identical cleaner we have had and we have had no problems with years of service. We gave our first one to our son who really needed it and it is still working after probably 10 years of service or more. They are easy to fill, have large tank capacity, clean the carpet like new, and we have 3 dogs who track in dirt and shed. I would buy another in a heartbeat, but will try to fix this one first. Again, thank you for your help.

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Actually I did and do have this problem. I've taken the vacuum motor out and found that the bearing was rusted and would not allow the mechanism to turn. I cleaned it repacked it and it worked for about 8 months and now I have the same problem again. I also had to replace the upper tank for the cleaning fluid as it was cracked and leaked. I will now replace the bearing once I remove it. I have already returned one unit back to Sears for similar problems under warranty, but with it constantly breaking down - the only remedy seems to be to fix it yourself. It's the only way to keep the unit for more than 12 months.

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I have the same problem right now,was about to clean my carpet but figuraute that brushes stoped turning...so i m going to remove the brush motor and try to clean it.

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Buy products made ONLY in the USA if you can find one!!!

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