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The power head of my 1165581590C Kenmore Power mate Whispertone 12 amp vacuum won't open. It is an older model and it desparately needs a clean!

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I am not 100% sure of the model number but most of their powerheads come apart quite easily if you know how. There is a light lens cover on the top of your powerhead. On each side of this cover there is a little clip that holds it in place. You can usually see that spot by simply taking your thumb and pushing the light cover to one side or the other. Place a small flat head screwdriver in that slot and gently pry upward.

Once that cover is off, you will see two screws. Remove those two screws. Now simply grab each side of the cover towards the bottom and back of the nozzle and pull out. This should release it from the base. It will lift from forward from back to front..

Reassembly is pretty easy. Just reverse the instructions.

Let me know if this helps.

Posted on Dec 31, 2012

  • V Light Jan 01, 2013

    THANK YOU STEVE!!!! Its all fixed and working beautifully! (There is nothing more frustrating than when your cleaning tool makes more mess than was originally there!

  • Steve Fuhrman
    Steve Fuhrman Jun 05, 2014

    Just saw your comment. You are welcome.

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I am getting suction to the power mate, but the mate doesn't
work. The belt seem fine, but the light and beater doesen.t
go on. Tried the reset - no result. Thanks

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