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Burning rubber smell when the vacuum is on.

I have a Kirby the Ulitimate G vacuum. It works fine but it gives burning rubber smell. Can anyone tell me what's wrong with it. I tried to open it but none of the Allen wranches fit it screws. Does it need a special wranch.

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Burning rubber smell is the drive belt.
there is either a physical binding in the belt housing (lint dirt etc.) or string/hairs around the pickup brush drum. give it a thourough cleaning and re-try.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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It sounds like the belt may be burning like the roller bar is stuck maybe or the belt is stretched and is burning itself off

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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Posted by mmetcalf on Apr 24, 2008
the vacuum turns on but wont run smells like burning rubber I took the bottom off and the belts don’t appear to be broken but the one connected to beater bar seems like it may be loose

Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure.
In answer to your question, the reason it smells like burning rubber is because the belt is too loose and it is burning the inside of the belt because it is to loose, the average belt change for a Kirby vacuum is every 4 to 6 months, the tighter the belt the better the cleaning and always use the genuine Kirby belts because they are designed to work with the Kirby, there are replacement belts that will work and are less but they are made to the correct size but Kirby vacuums always s work better with genuine parts. If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.
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www.A-1Vacuum.com 1-800-657-1874 If you cannot find a local dealer near you they can ship you the parts UPS.
Thanks, Don – The Vac Man
Go Ahead. Use Us.

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