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Vintage rainbow vac stored with water- now will not turn on.

Im pretty sure its ruined, but thought I would ask if there is any hope. I have a Rainbow vac D2 - at least 30 yrs old- that got stored with water in the basin. It smells moldy after cleaning and appears rusted. Is a motor replacement worth it? Anyone know what for cost on repairs I could expect? Thanks

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  • Bruce Newland
    Bruce Newland Jul 21, 2011

    I disagree that it is too late to repair, or not worth the trouble. The D2 is an excellent vacuum, and can be repaired by anyone that has a little mechanical aptitude and a free weekend.

    If you are still looking for a solution, (I know it has been a long time since you posted) I can assist, and provide the steps I took to overhaul my D2, and for less than $20-$30! Surely the D2 is worth that much after all the good years of service it has provided?

    Bruce

  • Carl Kona Sep 06, 2012

    Bruce - I have just inherited a D2 with the same issue dirty moldy machine. I have taken apart most of the machine except the bottom of the motor housing with all the rubber gaskets and metal frame. Did you get that apart? If so how? Thanks Carl

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It wouldnt be worth the trouble being so old..

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