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OPENING CANISTER UP TO SEE IF BEARINGS OR MOTOR IS GONE

I HAVE AN ELECTOLUX 5000 AND I CAN'T FIGURE OUT HOW TO OPEN THE VACUUM UP TO SEE IF I NEED A NEW MOTOR OR IF THE BEARINGS OR GONE. ANY SECRET MAGIC TO OPENING THIS CANISTER?

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You really don't want to get into the vacuum. After you get in, there's not much that you can do other than look. If you really want to get in, there are two strips,one on each side of the cleaner under the rubber bumpers. The strips have to be removed by pulling off the bumper and pull them out the front of the vac.This is not easy. The bearings are not replaceable. If the armature is gone, you can have a armature and bracket kit installed instead of a new motor and save some money. The armature comes with the bearing pressed on the top.

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