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The armature that holds the fan on is reverse threaded. It turns to the right to remove it. You can put a nail or nail punch in the hole on the armature and tap it gently to the right. this should loosen it enough to unscrew. There's a washer, then the fan, and a spacer that fit over the shaft.
From the rear, there are 3 screws on right and one on the lower left. There is 1 more on the front at the top just under the lamp. You will also need to remove the safety switch - the plastic thing down and just right of the front screw. Take out the 2 screws. Pull the switch gently away from the case and try to get a look at how it's put together. There is a bent rod inside with a plastic 'bar' holding it in. The flat end of the rod is on top - the round end at the bottom goes into a loop on a metal strip that is sticking out from the motor housing. By lifting up and wiggling, the rod will come out of the loop. Often, the plastic bar will come out and rod will just fall out. Just put the rod and the plastic bar back together (this is why you looked at it before). I tape the bar in place with Scotch tape or any thin tape and leave it that way. The fan housing is sealed with caulking (or whatever the last person to service it used). A few raps on the side of the case with rubber mallet and/or sticking a thin putty knife in the joint should do. You will need to scrape the joint clean and reseal it when you're done or it will blow dust like mad. Any caulking or gasket sealer will do. Just don't use high strength adhesive if you ever want to take it apart again without dynamite. Btw, the fan pulley is a left-hand thread.
It is quite possible, it just needs lubed. The motor comes in direct contact with dirt so, you have to make sure the front bearing has a drop of oil on it from time to time. If it starts to scream at you within one month, after oiling, the bearing needs to be replaced.
I did a search and found a very useful web site for owners of the same vaccum as yours im sure you will be able to get parts and possibly a manual, hope it helps
Just got done fixing our Heritage II model 2HD, it had a dirty safety switch. Both the hose attachment and the roller housing depress a plunger to close the switch, thus sending AC to the motor brushes. You might want to try pushing this in and out repeatedly with your thumb, power removed of course, in an attempt to make better contact. If this works to restore power to the motor, it'll be just a short time before the problem repeats itself. You'll have to remove the switch to give it a thorough cleaning. I didn't have any contact cleaner handy, so I wound up using WD40. Hope this helps. Kevin H.
if you run your vac to long after the fan is broke it will cause excessive vibration and the bearings can go out. in almost all cases i replace the fan only. most of the time if you have a bad bearing the vac will make a grinding noise. you can also tell a bad bearing by grabbing the belt pulley on the end of the fan and pull up and down if it moves alot then your bearing is also bad. you can get the bearings separate witout ordering the armature assy. when talking of replacing any of these parts besides the fan i would advise you to take your vac to your local repairman. working on motor parts of a kirby can get pretty involved. to replace the fan first take the housing off where your belt and brushroll are. you should then see 5 screws on the front of your kirby. remove all 5 screws. then remove the handle. at the very bottom of your handle you will see a piece that allows you to move the handle, on the back side of this you need to push in with your thumb and the handle should pull off. then you should see a plastic piece directly below that snaps into the top housing. remove the 2 screws from this. one where the cord boot is and one above your power drive neutral/drive lever. then under this plastic piece is 2 more screws on your top housing. when these are out your housing should pull off. if not then remove the bottom plastic housing of your outer bag. then go back and look at the front again and you will find since removing the top housing you have exposed 2 more screws in the front fan cover housing that also need to come out. after this pry this housing off and you should be looking directly at the fan. grab fan with pliers in one hand and with the other hand apply pliers to the silver belt pulley and turn this piece clockwise. it should unscrew and then you can pull your bad fan off and attach the new one. i hope this helps and remember its not as hard as i probably made it sound. good luck!!!!
Generic problem for all Vacuums How do I change the posted by Rogor on Apr 18, 2008
How do I change the fan on my model 2HD Kirby I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure.
1st you need to remove the head with the revolving brushing by dialing off the belt and undo the Kirby lock @ the top o the bell housing. Remove the head and that will expose the fan and the fan housing. The fan housing is held on by a couple of screws and once you removed the screws then you need to separate the fan housing from the motor section, it is held on by a Kirby fan housing sealer that is clear – so try to separate the fan housing with a knife or screwdriver, once the fan housing is off the Kirby fan is screwed on I believe either clockwise or counter clockwise and un-screw the fan and follow the reverse situation on installing the fan but you need to use the clear Kirby Fan Housing Sealer to re-seal the fan housing and let it dry and wipe of the excess clear sealer before putting it back together again. Always remember on the Kirby vacuums – use genuine Kirby parts on the repairs, it does make a difference. Then go back and place the Kirby head back on the vacuum – lock it on place and then re-dial the belt onto the Kirby fan shaft, plug your vacuum in the wall outlet and test run the vacuum. http://kirby.comContact Us by Phone United States and Canada 1-800-494-8586 Between the hours of 8:00 am to 5:00 pm EST Monday thru Friday www.A-1Vacuum.com1-800-657-1874