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Dirt Devil Featherlite - how to remove the beater bar to clean

Could someone please tell me how to take the base apart so I can remove the beater bar to clean it. This is an upright. I can't seem to see how to take it apart and do not want to break it.
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  • Anonymous Mar 24, 2014

    belt broke, removed beater bar and cleaned off all the hair that was wrapped around it, put new belt on and within the 1st 20 seconds the new belt broke. the beater bar is very hard to rotate. what should I do?

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If you lay it down and look under the base- by the brush roll- there are three screws you have to remove w/ a philips head screwdriver to get the base plate off. From there you can take out the brush roll, etc.

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Look in the owners manual on how to replace the belt. it should explain how to take out the brushroll

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(Diagram 2).
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