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Switch on Kirby G3 does not work

When I push on the on/off switch I sometimes see electricity momentarily get to the light. However, power to the vacuum does not fully engage. Does any one know where I can download a repair manual for free or can someone tell me, step by step please, how to repair the switch. Thanks a bunch.

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To tricky to self repair, you have to strip the motor down to replace speed switch, contact your local kirby service centre

Posted on Jan 28, 2013

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SOURCE: Kirby Heritage 2 fan replacement

Take the bag asm. and handle off. Then remove the plastic strip covering the switch, remove the screw there, remove the 3 screws on the housing, turn it over and loosen the screw near the back, the housing should come off. Then remove the screws on the back of the fan casing. You shouild be able to get to the fan, hold the fan and turn the spindle to the right to take off. If it would turn off, then you may have to lock the armature so it can't turn to move it. Then re-asemble in reverse.

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

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SOURCE: kirby G5 vacuum

Here is a link to the help you need,,,

http://reviews.ebay.com/CHANGING-THE-BELT-ON-A-KIRBY-G3-G4-G5-GSIX-ULTIMATE-G_W0QQugidZ10000000003720039

The G5 manual is out of print, but the G6 and Ultimate G models are exactly the same and wil work perfectly for your questions.
Marci

Posted on Oct 25, 2007

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SOURCE: Vacuum Power Switch on Handle Doesn't Work

The switch is very cheap. I have the same vacuum. The solution is to stick a thin peice of cardboard under the slide track for the rod in the handle assembly. You will see the rod when you disassemble the handle for the sweeper. Move the on/off switch on the handle assembly a few times and look at the bottom of the of the assembly to see a thin black rod with cut grooves. This rod activates the on/off switch.

There is a little track that this thin rod of plastic travels along. However over time the the plastic rod begins to recess further into this track. The rod still slides but is now to far away to activate the on/off switch. This isn't very technical but just slide a thin peice of hard paper or cardboard between the rod and the slide track.

Make sure the red on/off switch on the sweeper is set to off. Put the handle back with the switch in the off position. Test the sweeper using the handle a few times before reassembling the screws. This fix may not be permanent according to how you have the paper/cardboard set between the slide track and the rod but it works very nicely.

Hope this helps! : )

Posted on Jun 23, 2008

b0sslady2001
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SOURCE: The foot switch does not turn on the G4D Kirby vacuum cleaner.

Here's a link to a free guide! The switch is available at this site as well...there is a link in the guide to buy one.

http://reviews.ebay.com/REPLACING-THE-POWER-SWITCH-ON-ANY-KIRBY-G-SERIES-VACUUM_W0QQugidZ10000000003752018

Hope this helps,
Marci

Posted on Aug 07, 2009

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SOURCE: Green light on power nozzle of Kirby vacuum, Model G7D

The green light is just to inform you that the brushroll is spinning. there is a magnet on the brushroll that makes the green light come on every time it rotates. also why it looks like the light flickers because the magnet only makes contact once per rotation of your brushroll. Let me know if you have any other questions.

Posted on Jan 03, 2010

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Unfortunately there is no fuse on a Kirby Generation model. In my 10 years of repairing Kirby's as well as other vacuums, I will tell you that 9 times out of 10, when a Kirby Generation doesn't turn on, it's the cord that needs to be replaced. This is by far the most common problem that we see on Kirby repairs.
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