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Dyson animal power head ( agitator ) will not spin

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Called dyson they told me to turn the vaccum on and off 5 times, lower the handle to the floor when it was off. Now try the vaccum again and it worked. This is somekind of reset.

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Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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