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Motor runs fine and hose not clogged will not pickup dirt

Motor runs fine and hose not clogged. Belt works great. I took out the filters and still just blows air out the side without picking up dirt.

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  • scap_mpls Feb 11, 2009

    hose good ****, **floor bad ******

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    blows air out will not pick up can this be fixed

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This may sound silly, but have you checked the belt? A lot of Eureka vacuums use the vac motor to run the brush, and if the brush is not running the vacuum won't pick up. Another thing to check is the condition of the fan blades.. if they get worn they will push air out of the exhaust ports, but not push enough air to pull the dirt into the vacuum bag. Another thing to check is the length of the bristles on the brush... you can change a lot of the bristle strips and save the cost of a whole brush roll.. All of these fixes are under $10.00 (Belt: $1-2, Brush Strip $3-6, Fan $5-10) at most places.

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