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Kenmore vacuum model 116.52450200C- beater bar not working

I had a jam with my vacuum and released the material, however now the beater bar won't work. How do I take off the plastic cover to see if the belt broke?

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  • joan_chalovi Feb 18, 2009

    Thanks somuch for your assistance. With a firm tug we were able to lift the cover over the light off and there were the scews. Sure enough the belt was torn and I was able to pick up a replacement today.. Our other problem was that the light bulb needed to be replaced and it would have helped if the light had been working.

    It was a little tricky to release the cover since it had never been off before and I think the dust had stuck it down a bit but our vacuum is back in business. Thanks again. Joan Chalovich

  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    Glad you got it working. Would appreciate a FIxYa rating on this one. Let me know if you need any additional help.

  • Mark Egan May 11, 2010

    Usually there are screws that are marked to tell you which ones to remove, on the bottom of the floor head.

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SOURCE: Can't get the case off the beater bar assembly

Wish I had the complete model number, but you can go to sears.com and click on the parts link and enter your model number, a parts list and a picture diagram showing the breakdown will come up.
On some of the powerheads, you take out 2 screws, then there are tabs holding it together on the back and on each side, release them and the top comes off.
On some othere, the cover over the light comes off, depress te sides and back to release it, then there will be 2 screws to take out. Then using a flat blade, you will see slots from the bottom edge of the top cover, pry out from these slots and the top will come off.

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you need a new belt and maybe a new brushbar.

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SOURCE: bissell 6579-2 bagless vacuum. Beater bar siezed

1. Uing the appropriate sized drift punch, tap out the steel axle rod which passes through the beater drum.
2. Each end cap houses a 608ZZ ball brg.
3. Check each brg for freedom of smooth rotation. Replace both if either is seized.
4. Replace with either 608ZZ (dbl shielded) or 608 2RS (dbl sealed) brgs.
5. Inspect and be prepared to replace the drive belt since it may have been damaged in the seizure event.

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SOURCE: The beater bar on my Dyson won't turn. The vacuum

The belt doesn't have to be broken to make the vacuum not work correctly. If the belt is stretched the vacuum won't operate the way it is supposed to. You can get replacement Dyson Belts here:

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SOURCE: Dyson vacuum DC17 beater bar won't turn

sounds like the brushroll motor has gone bad. disassemble the head and check the continuity on the brushroll motor

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