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Kenmore direct drive will no longer self-propell

My Kenmore Progressive Direct Drive vacuum will no longer self-propell while vacuuming the carpet. The suction works and the brushes rotate. How do I get the vacuum to self-propell itself again?

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  • Lakelife Jan 05, 2008

    My Kenmore will no longer self propel and it doesn't vacuum as well because of it. My vacuum is only 3 years old. This is ridiculous

  • brijamgel Mar 07, 2009

    My problem sounds very similar, if not the same.

    Mine won't self-propel, unless the handle is lowered to a ridiculous angle (unless you happen to be very short). When you lower the handle though, it lifts the agitator/brush off the floor surface so it is useless anyway. I can turn the agitator off and on by lifting and lowering the handle- there is a precise point where it stops. The reset button has not popped up.

    It is about 2 years old. Anyone know what part could be failing to cause this?

    Model# 11636923502, Progressive, Upright, Bagless/Beltless




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There may also be a reset button. If the brushes get stuck the unit can shut off power to the brushes to keep a total melt down from occurring. The reset button should return power in these types of vacuums.

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Most self propelled vacuums have a cable running from the handle down to the drive mech. It may have broken.

Posted on Jan 05, 2008

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