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Clean machine All the belts are fine but the machine does not pick up the water. I think it is clogged with pet hair but don't know where to clean it out. I have taken off the roller, etc. but nothing seems to work.

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This is what was wrong with mine....very simple solution to fix: Check the bottom of the water reservoir. It should have a black rubber washer attached to the lip that goes down into the main system. If that part is inside the main system, instead of attached to the water reservoir, the reservoir doesn't make a tight enough seal for the suction. Just carefully remove (I use tweezers) the black rubber part (almost like a thick washer) and put it on the reservoir. Should fix the problem!

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