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Runs 10 - 20 seconds then quits-restarts on next trigger pull

I leave my handheld in the charger all the time. When I go to use it, it will run for a few seconds, then quite, I re-squeeze the trigger, and it starts again...sounds like full volume..but quits again...Have to do this about 10 times to clean my car mat.

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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2009

    Mine does the same thing. After I tried cleaning the filter this seemed to start happening. Did you ever fix the problem?

  • dcarr744 May 01, 2009

    My DC16 only runs for 2-3 seconds, so you cannot clean ANYTHING.  I also leave it on the charger all the time, which cannot be wrong as it is designed that the charger is also the "home" for the vac.

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Check battery maybe is old or not correctly charged.

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