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Axle bracket problem

The axle bracket with spring/ foot pedals to control heighth adjustment keeps coming off the axle rod. Where can I get a new bracket or rod. I'm not sure if both need to be replaced. It may be a packaged assembly. This is for a 2001 G Limited edition Kirby.

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You can find parts HERE. I do not think you need new "Ratchet Lock Assm." unles yu lost it (I have never seen one broken). Make sure you have the Spring and lubricate it well (do not use liquid lubricants as they will leak on the carpet).

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