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Kirby G3 - jump - skip problem

I can't figure out why my vacuumm does and jumpy - skip several times when I push it forward. It is very irritating. I've tried different level settings, etc. but nothing seems to work. Has anyone else had this problem? What can I do differently?

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Re: Kirby G3 - jump - skip problem

Skipping or no drive to Kirby G3. My G3 stopped driving forword/backwords the other day. So I decided to strip the drive unit down in the gearbox there is a drive belt which has snapped so requires replacing which I will do, As for jumping it could possibly be there are some teeth missing on the same drive belt. It's worth having a look.
This is not for the faint hearted as there are a lot of bits to remove.
1 Remove all attachements (Bag,Brush assm & Handle).
2 Remove crosshead screw above nuteral/drive switch at rear gently insert a flat blade screwdriver in the slot above the on/off switch and push in while lifting the plastic cover at the rear where you have just removed the screw.
3 Remove top cover, 4 Screws hold this on,2 under the front light cover at the top and 2 at the rear where you have just taken the plastic cover off.
Check dive belt from center of the main drive motor to the g/box ( If any damage or wear replace.If teeth missing this could be the reason for jumping and you may not need to go any further).
4 With a flatblade screwdriver gently prise off the on/off switch and leave it to dangle.
Now we need to get the Gearbox out.
Turn the machine over.
1 Remove the three T20 screws NOT THE Crosshead.
2 Remove G/Box ( It's a bit tight but it will come out ).
Looking from the rear.
3 In the center of the g/box there is the clutch assembly,remove the 'c' clip at the side of the clutch and reomve the crosshead screw ( Take care not to lose the washer).
4 Remove the crosshead screw from the base of the unit (see item 1) pull the drive/nuteral switch out.
5 Remove the 2 Torx screws holding the wheel assembly and remove assembly.
6 Turn unit over and remove the torx screw from the unit.
7 Turn the g/box over and Gently open the g/box taking care not to lose anything.
You should see 3 wheels 1 at the top and 2 at the bottom, the 2 at the bottom should have a belt joining them together ( on mine it was wrapped around just one of the gears).
8 Replace the belt and reassemble in reverse order.

Hope this helps I will try and get a video done and put it on u tube.

Posted on Jan 17, 2009

Re: Kirby G3 - jump - skip problem

Also have you got the switch on n under the power switch

Posted on Apr 12, 2008

Re: Kirby G3 - jump - skip problem

Hi, Try logging your post on the Kirby Trading Forum at - you'll be sure to get a reply. John

Posted on Aug 06, 2007

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