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Cannot remove handle or release handle? Release from the center pedal at the rear of the unit. Rove the handle with 2 long narrow bolts located near the half way point from handle grip to the base; don't loose the two small nuts or you'll have a bad time.
After the screws are removed, the handle will slide.Removing the handle assembly should be easy after removal of the two screws. It may be binding or hanging up on the self-propel cable...or the plastic may just be stuck/binding. Note that the handle slides in and out of the vacuum unit along the same axis as the two screws (i.e. slides straight off the back towards you when you are standing behind the vacuum). Try to pry it off gently w/thin-bladed screwdriver or butter knife.Do it gently and carefully.This will help.Thanks.Helpmech.
I have assembled many of these machines, and have never seen any washers. There should be a small plastic bag containing two long bolts, two nuts, and a small self tapping screw. The bolts go through the handle assembly from the front, and the nuts fit into the upper hose holder from the rear ( you will see two hexagonal holes for them). The small screw holds the lower hose holder to the lower rear of the machine.
There should only be 3 basic pieces to this machine. The body housing, the top handle and the floor nozzle. The handle attaches to the body with a bolt and a nut and then the floor nozzle is just pushed into the body housing. That should be it.
when the machine comes new the way it is installed is to put the upper handle on the lower handle, install the bolts & nuts (tighten) and then to pull the trigger and press the surge button (if this model has one). you will feel them snap together. the clips on the rods should be at 90 degree's from each other. one will be a u type channel and the other a v type and will connect.
I'm no vaccum man but my grandmother ran into the similar issue and all that it was, was she was missing the little look pin that you would push to take it apart, hard to explain but where the handle attachs is there a hole in it about the size of your finger nail? if so then there should be on the handle a little spring loaded button kinda deal, this needs to go through the hole. But if there isn't then sorry for the long blerb
To disassemble a canister vax you first remove 2 screws holding the handle cover. One is just above where the power flex enters the handle, the other is at the mid-point of the top, hidden under the label. Both are small crosshead screws. Before doing attempting this, you need to be competent with working on mains electric wiring, as some of this has to be removed to do all this.
Once the handle covers are removed, the next bit is to gently lever off the speed control knob - it's a tight friction fit, then undo the nut holding it to the handle cover panel. After this undo the mains power connections from the multi-block joiner they go into then remove the 2 screws securing the mains wire. Then undo 2 bolts at each end of the handle going downwards into the main body. At this point the handle can be removed as well as the top body plate. You have to fiddle the electrics and switches through the hole in the top body plate to remove it. Now 3 bolts and a small crosshead screw is all that holds the upper motor section to the lower. Remove these and you can separate the 2 halves which gives you acess to the water pump. This is held in by screws founf underneath the plastic ring at the base of the motor body (around where the small reound blue sponge filter goes). This ring is held in by plastic springy clips. Gently lever round it to get it come off.
That's it. Re-assemble is reverse of all this. Don't disconnect the electrics without drawing pictures or photographing to work out which wire goes to where.