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Unable to open powerhead of kenmore vacuume

I have tried to pry open the powerhead without success. I need to replace belt Unit model116.51513001

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SOURCE: Can't get the bottom off!

Can't swear this is the solution for the Progressive, but on the WhisperTone powermate the solution is this: Look on the bottom; it says "to service brush, turn unit over". You probably think you already have turned the unit over (it's upside down now, isn't it?). No, turn it right side up and take the cover off the light! (On the whisperTone, that means pressing in on the rightside (as it faces you) and lift up.) You will find the two screws that you need to undo. That solved our "seems to be stuck in the middle" problem. Then turn it back over and, using two flat head screwdrivers, pry at the sides where the tabs are (there were arrows on the rubber molding to show where).

Posted on Sep 02, 2007

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SOURCE: Need to know if a replacement part can be purchased and where

IT CAN BE FIXED BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW THE ROPES
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Posted on Mar 05, 2009

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SOURCE: Wish to remove bottom ofpowerhead-Kenmore Progressive 11629912990

I have a whispertone vacuum, different model #, but maybe instructions will be the same. Turns out I didn't need a new belt, just clean out the crud and reset overload protector. The instructions in the manual tell you to remove the light cover and bulb first. To do this, press in and lift both sides. Push in and turn bulb counterclockwise to remove. (you need to do this because the next step involves turning the unit over). This takes you to
Step 2. Unscrew the cover screws ( on either side of bulb).
Step 3. Turn unit over. To remove cover, insert screwdriver at cover tabs on both sides and twist to release tabs.
Step. 4 Turn unit right side up. Press handle release pedal and lower the swivel. Tilt cover forward from back until front snaps free.
Step 5. Carefully insert and twist screwdriver at each brush support to free brush from base.
Step 6. Remove worn belt.
Step 7. Slide brush supports off to check and clean brush support areas.

To replace belt: slide washers and brush supports onto brush assembly.
Install new belt over motor drive, then over brush sprocket.
Snap brush supports into place on base. Be sure brush supports are not upside down.
Line up front of cover and base. Rest cover on front edge of base. Tilt cover to back. Press cover firmly until side tabs snap into place. Replace cover screws, light bulb and light cover.

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SOURCE: Where can I get a replcement hose (with ends) for

All Kenmore parts are easily ordered at Searsparts.com

Posted on Jul 10, 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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The power head of my 1165581590C Kenmore Power mate Whispertone 12 amp vacuum won't open. It is an older model and it desparately needs a clean!


I am not 100% sure of the model number but most of their powerheads come apart quite easily if you know how. There is a light lens cover on the top of your powerhead. On each side of this cover there is a little clip that holds it in place. You can usually see that spot by simply taking your thumb and pushing the light cover to one side or the other. Place a small flat head screwdriver in that slot and gently pry upward.

Once that cover is off, you will see two screws. Remove those two screws. Now simply grab each side of the cover towards the bottom and back of the nozzle and pull out. This should release it from the base. It will lift from forward from back to front..

Reassembly is pretty easy. Just reverse the instructions.

Let me know if this helps.

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There could be 2 different ways to access the belt on the kenmore line of powerheads...

1) turn the powerhead over so that the bottom is facing up. IF there are screws on the bottom, remove them. There should be 2 either at the back where the rear wheels are, or one under the elbow, and one midway at the front under the lifter wheels. remove the screws, and there should be two tabs on the sides to remove the top cover. OR 2 tabs at the back of the unit near the screws to remove the top cover.

2) and this is the more common powerhead...

remove the light cover for the powerhead by pressing at the two sides and pulling the cover up. sometimes a screwdriver to pry open a little will help.
Remove the light bulb.
Remove the two screws.
Turn the head over and pry at both sides to pull the top cover off.

Good luck with either one.

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