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Cord winder not working

My vacuum would not turn on because the cord winder had slipped and the electrical connection was not complete. I took the winder apart and repositioned it and then it would turn on, but the cord did not wind all of the way up. When I re-wound the cord so that it was cocked to pull the cord all of the way in, but then the spring exploded out. I keep re-winding the spring but it keeps slipping. Have I lost a part or am I missing a step in my reassembly?

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Re: Cord winder not working

Most times you will have to replace the cord rewind. Sometimes just the cord, but usually there is a problem with thr reel contacts. But now that the spring has unwound, you will have to replace it. You will need model number rather then Red Star.

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