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Kirby G5 Not really a problem but more a question. I inherited my Kirby from my parents and never got a manual. It is a very straightforward machine however I just can't figure out what the N/D switch at the back by the power On/off switch is for. Anyone able to shed light???

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  • Anita Harewood May 13, 2007

    so what difference does this make to my vacuuming? Is there one setting better than another for certain floors or is it always supposed to be in drive?



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Neutral and Drive. drive makes it easier to push

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If you have ever tried to push your Kirby into the closet for storage after unplugging it, you will quickly learn the most valuable use of the Neutral setting. When the power is off, it is very hard to push while in drive. The power drive compensates for the heavy machine to make vacuuming easier.

Posted on Jul 01, 2007


Hi, i firured out that the N/D switch is for eg. Hardwood you use the N. Carpets D. Its so you dont leave burnouts on hard surface's.

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Nuetral/drive, the g series has a power drive motor for the back wheels

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Should the roller brush on the kirby always be spinning?? just inherited a kirby 5, and the roller brush is not turning when the vacume is on. ??

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I have inherited a Kirby Heritage II vacuum. I need a manual to sort out all the options and parts.

The only source other than E-Bay that I am aware of is Kirby.

This is from their FAQ's:

Q. How can I obtain a replacement copy of an owner's manual?
For a copy of a manual, call 1-800-437-7170 or visit your nearest authorized Kirby distributorship.

I have tried personally to locate this same manual on line and ended up calling Kirby.

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Not sure about the parts and what they do

Hi There,

First for your Shampoo attachment, all Kirby generation models came with this carpet shampoo attachment. It really does do a nice job at cleaning carpeting and rugs. In terms of how you use it, here's two links for you, the first is written instructions on how to use it, and the second is a video that shows you how to attach it to your Kirby and use it. In the video it's actually the Kirby Sentria that they use, but the procedure on converting it from a vacuum into a carpet cleaner are the exact same for the Sentria as they are for your G5.

Written Instruction Manual For Kirby Carpet Shampooer

Video Instructions On How To Install & Use Kirby Carpet Shampooer Attachment.

Now in terms of the other part that you were asking about. I believe the part your asking about is called the Intake Guard. I think this is the part that you're asking about, here's a picture of the Intake Guard:

The Intake Guard is connected to the front of the machine only when you want to convert your Kirby from a vacuum cleaner into a blower. This protects anything from going into the fan while it's being run, as well as pushing the safety switch that allows the machine to turn on.

I really hope that this information was helpful to you. If you have any follow up questions, or need further help with your new Kirby G5, please don't hesitate to add a comment here on the Fixya repair page, and I'll be more then happy to answer any and all of your follow up questions.

If you found my repair helpful to you, please be so kind and rate my repair helpful, or leave feedback. This is greatly appreciated by the Fixya community.

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Vacuum won't switch on;got it apart;cord ok;need wiring diagram

Its a great idea to write on paper how its connected . So it helps with dis assembly & reassembly . I tried a Internet search . Looks like it'd cost money for a service manual. Though. I found a Kirby Spares Website that could help. Although it doesnt have Document downloads with repair help. There are spares & there is a telephone number for an engineer available during office hours. That you could ask for repair help. With wiring connections for your Kirby G3.

The Engineers Telephone Number is 0845 388 9301

I repaired my Parents Kirby Heritage some while ago. With a new set of Brushes. Bulb Repair.

They are a Great Machine. Bit Expensive. Though Tough & Well Made !


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See if Scott &Fetzer are still around and ask them.



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they are pretty easy to use you cant really put it together the "wrong way" they wont fit :-)

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