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Can't figure out how to get the belt around vacuum motor shaft

It doesn't seem to have a place to slip it over-- looks like a closed circuit on all sides. It's the eureka smart vac 4870K

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  • jimandjentow Jan 01, 2009

    It's not a beater bar issue. I removed the beater bar with no problems, and even looped the new vacuum belt over the beater bar, but it needs to also be hooked around the motor drive bar- but it literally has no place to hook the belt around. Instead of being like a sideways T, where you can slip the belt around one open side, it literally is like an H and there is no space to hook it. I see that several people are having this problem, but haven't seen an answer yet. You would probably have to own this vacuum to understand the issue, as it is difficult to explain. I tried to call customer service last night, but they are closed for the holidays! My machine is 2 months old, and I have no box, but am tempted to take it back to Walmart!

  • Anonymous Mar 19, 2014

    Nothing seems to be wrong elsewhere

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I am assuming you are referring to the beater bar belt. You will either find a release lever on each side or a small screw and bar restraining the bearing that holds the bar in place. Removing whichever of these you find will allow you to install the new belt. Clean up the dirt accumulation on the bearings while it is apart.

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The belt on the motor shaft is probably slipping off. I have the same problem and that's what I saw when I opened the vacuum. I keep putting the belt back, but it slips off again. The belts aren't supposed to stretch. I am going to call Sebo and take mine to an authorized service place to make sure that it is just a stretched belt.

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Roller does not turn; I was vacuuming a rug and a string got stuck in roller-took it off but now the roller will not turn. suction is fine.


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If the belt was damaged when the roller brush got stuck, then you get to replace it. On most of these, the easiest way is to put the new belt around the roller pulley, reinstall the roller, stretch the belt around the end of the motor shaft, then turn the motor by hand while pushing the belt on. If the motor also has a pulley on it, you may have to remove the motor screws to get enough slack on the belt, then pull the motor into place and put the screws back in.

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On most vacuums, you:
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To get the new belt onto the drive shaft I used a long screwdriver for leverage and wrapped the end close to the shaft and with some elbow grease, got it to "slip" on to the shaft. It took a couple of tries, but once I overcame the fear of the belt breaking (because it has to stretch big time), I managed to get it one. Of course, the other end of the belt has to be wrapped around the roller first.
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- NO WAY AROUND THE END OF THE DRIVE SHAFT TO REMOVE DAMAGED BELT.
  • Following the belt replacement instructions in the manual, I removed the three screws, took off the base plate and removed the brush roll, slipping it out of the belt.
  • Up and somewhat inside the plastic housing I could see the other end of belt going around the drive shaft.
  • But the shaft had no gap around its end to allow removal or replacement of belts. It extended from the motor completely across the space and against the plastic housing.
  • Yikes.
  • I dismantled the housing until the end of the shaft was accessible and found that the problem wasn't the shaft moving out of position.
  • The problem was that the bushing mounted on the end of the shaft for the belt to ride on had slipped over.
  • Ah HAH.
  • I applied some LokTite green threadlocking adhesive (though neither the shaft nor the bushing are threaded) to the shaft, slipped the bushing all the way onto it and put it all aside to set up.
  • Finally I reassembled the machine with a new belt in place, plugged it in, crossed my fingers and hit the power switch.
  • It worked like new! FIXT! And I had only one screw left over. It was a small one too, so I doubt if it was important...heh.
Does your machine have a slipped bushing? You may be able to fix it without taking it apart any more than for a normal belt replacement. Try using a rubber or plastic-tipped forceps or pliers move the bushing back into position. Be careful not to mar the metal as it will chew any new belt to bits in seconds. If you are able to move it, put on a few drops of LokTite, epoxy or some other adhesive to keep it in place. You may be able to avoid sending your vac to the shop for costly repairs.

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  1. Remove the lower plate
  2. Carefully lift up on the agitator assembly until it clears both sides of the nozzle housing.
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  3. Remove the belt from the motor shaft by sliding it off between the end of the shaft and the nozzle housing.
3.4.2 Installation
  1. Place the belt around the motor shaft.
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  3. Place the belt around the agitator pulley on the agitator assembly.
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  4. Use both hands to pull the belt tight, and slide the agitator assembly firmly into the slots on each end of the nozzle housing.
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  5. Rotate the agitator assembly by hand to insure nothing rubs and to check for correct assembly.
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