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New bag, but won't vacuum

Kenmore powermate has new bag, but still does not vacuum effectively. Can feel a little vacuum, but not enough to take up pine needles.

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SOURCE: Kenmore Model 116 PowerMate Jr stopped working

If the roller brush is not spinning freely once you remove it from the Power Mate Jr., then I have discovered the solution! There are end caps at each end of the roller brush. They seem to be permanently attached, but they are not. There is an axle inside the roller that is permanently attached to one of the caps. Take two pairs of pliers, and grab each end cap with a pair of pliers. Then pull hard to take them off. Once they are off, you will find that there is a big glob of hair wrapped around the axle inside. Remove the hair. Then reassemble the brush by putting the end caps back on. Make sure, when you put the caps back, that they are aligned so that they will fit back into the slots on the Power Mate Jr. You have to push hard to get the caps back on, maybe tapping one of them with pliers.

Posted on Mar 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Have suction, new bag, brush moving but does not

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I went to my local Sears store and the salesman there looked at my vacuum and was able to resolve the issue. There was a piece of wire that had been sucked into the machine that then blocked anything else from being vacuumed up.

Thanks for your help.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

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SOURCE: how to open a kenmore powermate vacuum to replace

You have to take the light cover off (push in at the bottom on each side) and there are two screws.
Some models have pressure locks on the back of the power nozzel cover. Just use a screw driver.

Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Need to check belt on a Kenmore WhisperTone powermate vacuum

There are two screws. Pry off the light bar on top by pushing against the sides, and you will see them inside just behind the light bulb.

Posted on Jul 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Kenmore Vacuum cleaner #175.3866180 bags and belt

I logged into the Kenmore website, entered the vacuum model no. and found that the bag has been superceeded by 20-50004, which appears to be available only from Kenmore. The belt required is #5270.

Posted on Aug 03, 2009

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When i try to use the reset button on my kenmore progressive vacuum, it is having no effect. The agitator brush still will not turn.


Take the time to check to see if the belt that drives the brush is operating correctly. I would also see if the brush itself is frozen up and unable to move. You need to remove the brush in order to change the belt. It would be a good time to clean the brush of all debris and add some WD40 to the plastic tabs at the end of the brush. Add the WD40 and turn the tabs around the brush to make sure the turn freely. Reassemble with a new belt.
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Kenmore Powermate power head not working


I've got the same problem. Try checking out the electrical connection where the hose attaches to the canister. The hot male terminal is corroded and the female socket is burned out. Its an unfortunate design flaw that every time you open the vacuum to replace the bag the electrical connection disconnects and reconnects. Not sure if I can find replacement parts for a 10 year old vacuum or if a home-made re-wiring job is in order. Will find out tomorrow.

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Odor when vacuuming


at sears there is a bag fresh lemon scent tab that you can load inside your vacuum,

also at vacuum shops there is a product called "Featherlite Carpet and Vacuum Freshener" - it works very well and a little bit goes a very long ways.

I will comment that on the back of the package it claims "for extra freshness use each time you vacuum" This stuff is so strong that I would not advise using it like that. just put about a half cup of the particles on the floor and **** them up with your hose.

I bet your smell will be drastically improved.

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if its a canister model there probably is no belt just suction.open the canister and if it has a bag feel the bag ,if it feels kind of hard then the bag is full.take the tool off the end of the hose and turn it on to see if you have suction if you do then the tool is blocked up.take it to the sink and run some warm water through it and maybe use a little brush to clear out the dirt.full bag will cause your vacuum not to have suction or not as much as it should

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I use a broom handle..works very well

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Kenmore powermate front axle fell off


It will go on hard. Just angle it until you have it as far as you can go, then use maybe a hammer to knock it the rest of the way.

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My vacuum kenmore canister smells


My guess would be a slightly loose belt - tight enough to spin the roller on a hard floor, but loose enough to slip (then get hot and stink) when the roller is having to work against the pile of a carpet. Worth buying and fitting a new belt without pausing to investigate further, simply because they're so cheap and you'll have to replace it sooner or later anyway. A.

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