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Brushes don't spin but it still has suction

I have three dogs and know the hair can clog up the brushes so they don't spin. They seem to move freely when I move them manually but don't work when the unit is on. I stil have the suction and everything else. I saw a fix it that said to remove the bottom of the unit but I am not sure exactly how to go about that. I usually am pretty good with my hands, so I am not intimidated on do it yourself jobs. I need to clean my carpet as I am having a wedding this Sat. Please help!

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Re: brushes don't spin but it still has suction

I have one and if the container is not snapped on well brushes will not rotate. Take the cover back of and make sure float falls then put it back on. Took me a while to figure that one out.

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Re: brushes don't spin but it still has suction

The brushes are usually connected to a motor by a rubber belt. These can wear out and snap (particularly if the brushes are clogged with hair). Usually the bottom of the vacuum can be removed by undooing a few screws and gently pulling it downwards. If the bottom doesn't want to come off, hunt around for any screws you may have missed - the designers seem to think it's funny to hide them. Once the bottom is off, check the belt and remove any hair wrapped around the ends of the brush bar. If the belt is broken you will need to find a replacement.

Posted on Apr 24, 2007

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Vacuum is clogged with dog hair. How can clog be removed?

HI, it's Jim from Crucial Vacuum!

If your Shark vacuum is clogged with dog hair there are a number of general maintenance cleaning tips you could perform to help keep your vacuum working at its peak performance.

First let's check out your brush roll. Is there dog hair wrapped around the roll itself? If so remove it by pulling out the dog hair, or use a razor if its tightly wrapped around. Manually rotate the brush roll to help unearth any hidden clogs behind the roll.

If there's dog hair throughout your unit be sure to empty the dust cup after every use. When the dust cup isn't emptied often this leads to clogs and a loss of suction.

Also, be sure to check your vacuums hose for any clogs, or clumps of dog hair. Stretch the hose out as far as you can. If you notice a clog in a hard to reach place use a broom handle to unclog it.

Your Shark vacuums filters may need to be replaced, or washed and may be a source for a lot of the dog hair in your vacuum. Wash and clean your unit's filter weekly. To do so, empty your filter screen outdoors to take off any excess debris and then clean under running water until the water comes out clean. Allow the filter screen to fully dry before inserting it back into the unit. This may take up to several hours.

You can purchase replacement parts for your Shark direct from Crucial Vacuum with free shipping and an exclusive 10% coupon for readers, use code: FIXYA10

I hope this was helpful. If you would like further assistance, please feel free to give us a call at 877.750.9239. We have helpful and friendly customer care representatives on the line ready to assist you.

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Check the brushes for hair or some other clogging material and remove it. If the brushes can't spin freely, there is not enough suction power to make them spin.

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There seems to be suction but the bar is not spinning when I vacuum the carpet.

Have you looked at the roller's ends where it's hooked in to the holes at the sides? Sometimes there is a large amount of dog hair, yard, thread or other material clogging the works and not letting the bar rotate. Use a pair of needle-nose pliers, trashable tweezers or sharp knife to cut/pull offending material from around/inside the beater-brush bar.

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Good day, i have a animal - THERE IS LITTLE TO NO SUCTION - I HAVE CLEANED EVERYTHING. It appears as if there is some carpet rope in the holes of the main unit - entitles level 3 root cyclone. How do I...

Two things you can do: 1- Remove the beater brush and clean as best you can, taking out all foreign matter. Add some WD40 to the end pieces of the brush making sure the brush moves freely. 2- Since you have the beater brush out, probably a good idea to change the drive belt.
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Brushes won't rotate on hoover steam vac. I have removed them and cleaned.

The brushes turn by the airflow from the vacuum suction turning a turbine motor to spin the brushes. First try to spin the brushes by hand. If they won't turn it usually means the brushes are clogged with hair and debris or need replaced or the turbine could be seized up. If the brushes won't spin reach under the brushes and push the little tabs and remove the brush block asssembly from the machine. If the brushes spin freely after you remove them from the machine then that means that most likely the turbine is seized and will need to be repaced. If the turbine is not seized you may simply just have a clogged filter screen. Most steam vacs have a red screen filter either on top or underneath the machine. On the top it is under a little clear plastic cover that you have to pry off before you can pull the screen out to clean it. If it's underneath you can pull it out and clean it.

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Check for clog in the hose or what ever connects the nozzel to the collection device. I pick up vaccum cleaners all summer, most new, all clogged, all from the trash.

If possible, take the machine outside, open the collection device, run the motor. Is there suction you can detect anywhere?

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Check that the dust channel from the sole plate/brush head isn't clogged. Open the trapdoor (usually orange in colour on the base) and inspect the dust channel - sometimes dog hair can get trapped between the main dust channel and the feeder. Other than that take off the main hose and see if there's a clog down there as well as the main part where the wand locks in at the back. Its reasonably easy to get a clog out from a Sebo X range model.

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Hi, i have a hoover steam vac agilty. the brushes on the bottom front quit spinning. they are not locked up as i can freely turn them by fingers. is there a belt that i need to replace? if so, how do i get...

The brushes on all hoover steam vacs are air opperated it uses the suction of the vacuum motor to spin a turbine and in turn spin the brushes. Most likely that path of air is clogged with hair or carpet fuzz. On the top of the machine there is a little clear cover undr that cover there is a screen which keeps that hair for entering the turbine kinda like you clothes dryer lint trap. Take the cover off and clean that screen this should help. If you have any other questions or need parts for that machine or any other visit

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Belt needs to be replaced, it has stretched to the point that under load, it won't turn the brush roll like it should, so I would advise replacing the belt. And while you are doing that, check the brush roll and make sure the ends turn freely, if not, then replace it also. Then check the dirt inlet while you have the brush roll out.

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