HOW DO I CHANGE THE BELT ON THE FANTOM® THUNDER® AND FURY®?
Unplug the machine.
From the front of the machine, remove the collection bin.
Facing the back of your vacuum, remove each of the Philips head screws located above each of the rear wheels. (Figure 1)
To remove the base cover, place your thumbs in the two screw holes in the back of the machine. Push forward and up on the screw holes to disengage the 3 cover locking tabs. Put the cover off to one side, and go to the front of the machine. (Figure 2)
Check the drive arm for any black streaks which indicate residual rubber from the last belt. The drive arm is located on the right side of the motor. The easiest way to remove any residual rubber is with some nail polish remover on a rag or with steel wool.
To attach a new belt, remove the brush from the base of the machine by pulling up straight up with two hands.
Take the new belt and hook it over the steel drive arm. Pull back on the belt slightly, to create some tension.
Put the brush inside the belt loop so that the track for the belt is aligned with the belt itself.
Replace the brush by aligning the metal end so the points face downward. (Figure 3)
Rotate the brush by hand to check that the belt is running freely and easily in its designated space between the bristle.
Replace the cover by placing the nose in first. Once in place fasten with the two cover screws and then replace the collection bin.
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If no luck there, any power switch from another 120V product should work as long as the wires match. If you have a normal 2 wire switch, you should be fine. Be sure the amps on the new switch match the old and the terminals are the same size (don't try to force a small terminal onto a large one). Also, be sure that if you use another switch, be sure the terminals are wrapped or protected to keep them from shorting out if they were to fall off. With a little plastic modification, you sure can fit a square switch into a round hole lol. Good luck.
Cathy, If I could see your machine I'd be more likely to be able to tell you whether or not you could get a switch or not. IF your machine is one of the older models then it's a good bet that there are no more switches available for them. I've heard that someone bought out the Fantom name and is now making them again. I think someone mentioned seeing an infomercial about them recently, but I can't be absolutely sure. If you take it to a reputable repair shop their mechanic may be able to find something that could work, but no promises.