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Re: Belt on Riccar 8850 is slipping off motor shaft.
NO! there is usually a fan attached to the motor. i have found that junk gets in there and will cause it to viberate. otherwise check the brushroll. there will be connectors on each side with a bearing. if the plastic looks melted, replace the brushroll
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Your 8850 is an old vacuum. If a new belt does not solve the problem it may need a new rubber motor mount or metal pivot. Both parts are inexpensive and available from your Riccar dealer. If it's been a while since it's been serviced it would be wise to have it serviced by your dealer. A Riccar vacuum will last for many years but should be serviced once a year like all vacuums.
Lay the vacuum upside down, remove the bottom plate, remove the brush roll and belt, install new belt around motor shaft and brush roll, pull on brush roll to stretch belt far enough to drop brush roll back into place.
Your vacuum is at least 10 years old. There are some inexpensive parts that can wear or may need adjustment. You have a very durable vacuum that may have many more years of life but Just like a car, needs to be serviced by a trained qualified technician who knows what to look for. It will save you money I the long run.
There is not a pulley missing, when the belt is tight the shaft will turn the belt but when the belt loses elasticity it will slip on the shaft when being used on the carpet. Replace the n
belt at least once or twice per year.
You seem to have two model numbers.
I plugged the following into Google and got plenty of locations for Riccar belts.
Riccar 8850 Vacuum belts
You can do this and find a supplier you might want to deal with.
Replace your belt. Remove the baseplate, remove the brushroll, place a new belt around the motor pulley, then around the pulley on the brushroll, and pull the brushroll back into place in the nozzle. Spin it by hand to make sure it spins, (otherwise you'll break the belt again,) and then replace the baseplate. Party.