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The caddy ears are spot molded onto the bracket but if they break, they have two studs that you can use screws to install back on. If you can't find screws to work, call us and we can ship them to you....www.rainvac.com

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Posted on Jan 17, 2013

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SOURCE: I have a d4c rainbow vacuum, need help replacing the electrical cord

There is no reset button, but some of those old switches are very touchy . . . if there was some  corrosion, you may not have a good contact (was enough of the new wire insulation stripped away, before putting it into the switch) . . . 
I prefer splicing, rather than going all the way to the switch  . . its just a matter of cutting out the old cord and splicing in the new cord in a convenient spot up in the motor compartment. . . a Rainbow purist would run the new cord all the way up into the power on/off rocker switch that's built into the top of the handle and then wire the new cord in there, directly at the switch . . . that way means no splicing . . . I've done it both ways, but I prefer to splice and use wire connectors inside the motor compartment . . . because going further, all the way up directly into the on/off switch just to avoid splicing the new cord in requires taking more things apart . . . and risks screwing up the power switch . . . that's not worth the extra time and trouble, IMHO.  (This from someone who has dismantled and refurbished over 200 D4C and SE models)

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SOURCE: I have a d4c rainbow vacuum, need help replacing the electrical cord

you have to splice them. Use crimp-on wire connectors (best), or threaded twist-on wire connectors. Do NOT just twist wire strands together and tape wires without using wire connectors . . . that is a NO-NO.

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How do you put a new cord caddy and take off the old one that broke


You have to determine which version E-2 Rainbow you have....the early version is here...
http://www.rainvac.com/cord-caddy-asm-e
second version is here...
http://www.rainvac.com/rear-cover-asm-snap-fit-e2
Let us know if you have any other questions...

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Aug 02, 2014 | Rainbow E series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum

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Motor won't start


Most times this will be caused by one of 3 items, the cord, the switch or the carbon brushes in the motor. Inspect the plug area on the cord for strain twist it gently and look to see if the cord appears a bit white where it meets the plug or if the cord appears crushed just before the plug.
Also inspect where the cord meets the body of the vac for the same signs of wear or any locations where it may have been caught in the power head , etc.
If you have test meter, check for resistance change at the plug while twisting and finally try the same twisting with the vac plugged in if necessary but keep your fingers back from the plug in case the cord blows... gently twist and pull slightly to see if the motor continues to run.
Most often when a switch fails it just dies and doesn't become intermitant... so with a meter it will generally test good or bad , nothing else..
Sometimes on a well worn vac when the motor doesn't start the carbon brushes in the motor have worn down. A heavy duty motor such as the Rexair can often be rebuilt if brushes are required.
If you turn the machine on and bump or jolt the side of the body as if to spin it, you can often "trick " the motor into starting. If this happens it is most likely a carbon brush issue , if not time for a new motor.
Rainbow/Rexair machines have a fairly good motor however because of how they run drawing moist air through they often rust as they age. This is a tedius rebuild and best left to a pro shop with parts on hand if requiring brushes. Most shops will simpley scrap a worn motor if rusty and replace it completely.
Before you spend big $ on a repair or replacement....
One last thing....... pull the exhaust cap at the back of the vac. You will seen fine powder dust and residue.Wipe your finger across it. This is what the Rexair releases into your home each time it runs, but you don't smell it because it comes out in the form of humidity...like after a spring rain.
That same humidity is rusting your motor gradually year by year. Although this motor has a long life span, consider that you have been breathing dirty humidity as it runs. If you put orange drink crystals in the water bucket and run the vac, the exhaust air would smell like orange juice,... so what is in the tank comes out in the air, including your dirty water.
Most Rexair owners buy thinking they are helping to reduce allergins.. yet what is on that exhaust plug proves otherwise. If your home is essentially carpet free and you are vigilant maintaining and rinsing the bucket, you might consider rebuilding this vac.. Otherwise consider a good High end European vac like a SEBO,MIELE, Nilfisk etc for better filtration and reliability

Oct 10, 2009 | Rainbow E series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum

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I have a d4c rainbow vacuum, need help replacing the electrical cord


you have to splice them. Use crimp-on wire connectors (best), or threaded twist-on wire connectors. Do NOT just twist wire strands together and tape wires without using wire connectors . . . that is a NO-NO.

Jun 02, 2009 | Rainbow 75th Anniversary Canister Vacuum

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How do I change the hepafilter on my Rainbow E series? Thanks judyc0293@netscape.net


You have to remove rear cover (on the opposite side than the intake is) There are 2 kinds of HEPA and 2 kinds of filter covers:

HEPA encased in black plastic - on the bottom of the unit you will see two latches and you can use a flat screw driver release them and filter cover just pops out.

HEPA older style (white filter with black plastic frame) - there are 2 Phillips screws on the bottom of the unit and 2 more under the cord caddy. Use flat screw driver to remove the cord caddy (put it in between the housing and the caddy and it would come off)

If you need filters - they are HERE.
Good Luck

Feb 24, 2009 | Rainbow E series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum

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Cant get rainbow shampooer to work


use the suction port for the vac hose
the water hose hooks to your kitchen faucet

Nov 11, 2008 | Rainbow E series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum

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I want to take the vac apart to clean around the motor ?


likely a break in your cord somewhere. if you have a ohm meter check it otherwise tale it to a vac repair shop

Oct 25, 2008 | Rainbow E series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum

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How to hook-up shampooer to faucet


you may need an adaptor to snap it on
can get them at a vac shop

Oct 14, 2008 | Rainbow E series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum

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Cleaning the flter on a e series rainbow vacuum


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Cleaning the filter on a e series rainbow vacuum
Posted by jonesjpc on Jul 06, 2008
This one does not have the tabs to depress as but has two screws in that area still doesn’t see how to get to the filter. Also I need instructions to replace power cord; On the E series single speed.


Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. On the Rainbow E Series there really is no actual filter – the water is the filter for this particular vacuum. Before you remove the separator under the motor, place a newspaper or towel under the Rainbow without the water pan under the vacuum and then turn it on for a short period of time and spin the water moisture out of the motor and separator; then some of the maintenance is to remove the separator under the motor and clean that and then replace it. As far as replacing the cord there are screws under the Rainbow that need removal and then you can get to the end of the cord for replacement. The easiest way is to mark your wires and the cord will be much easier to replace otherwise check the owner’s manual for cord replacement or check with your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or to cal the cust serv @ the Rainbow factory for questions.

The Rainbow / RexAir Factory phone number is listed below:
http://rainbowvacuum.com Customer Service
1-248-643-7222 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST

Thanks, Don the Vac Man
Go Ahead. Use Us.

Jul 06, 2008 | Rainbow E series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum

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No power in power nozzle


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No power in power nozzle
Posted by pjs5451 on Apr 06, 2008
Vacuumed with power nozzle one day working fine took attachment off to use crevice tool reattached power nozzle and no power whatsoever.

Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Rainbow E Series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum. The Rainbow Power Nozzle does have a reset button on the newer model on the top of the power nozzle, just push it and it should reset, or check all your pigtail connections to make sure they are connection and the cord leading to the actual Rainbow Vacuum itself. Out in left field might be that the power nozzle motor could be shorting out or not working or dead and might be in need of replacement. Check the cord for any frays or bad connections. If you have a problem please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.

The Rainbow / RexAir Factory phone number is listed below:
http://rainbowvacuum.com Customer Service
1-248-643-7222 Monday thru Friday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST

Thanks, Don the Vac Man
Go Ahead. Use Us.

Apr 06, 2008 | Rainbow E series Canister Wet/Dry Vacuum

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I have a d4c rainbow vacuum, need help replacing the electrical cord


There is no reset button, but some of those old switches are very touchy . . . if there was some  corrosion, you may not have a good contact (was enough of the new wire insulation stripped away, before putting it into the switch) . . . 
I prefer splicing, rather than going all the way to the switch  . . its just a matter of cutting out the old cord and splicing in the new cord in a convenient spot up in the motor compartment. . . a Rainbow purist would run the new cord all the way up into the power on/off rocker switch that's built into the top of the handle and then wire the new cord in there, directly at the switch . . . that way means no splicing . . . I've done it both ways, but I prefer to splice and use wire connectors inside the motor compartment . . . because going further, all the way up directly into the on/off switch just to avoid splicing the new cord in requires taking more things apart . . . and risks screwing up the power switch . . . that's not worth the extra time and trouble, IMHO.  (This from someone who has dismantled and refurbished over 200 D4C and SE models)

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