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How do you attach the rug fluffier to a Kirby G4

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Check out the online shampoo manual HERE

Posted on Oct 16, 2013

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SOURCE: Manual and tools kirby g4

The first link is instructions for changing a belt. The second is for the shampooer instructions. If you click on the links below, it will take you to my online guides and if you look there, your other question will be answered. Thanks!!
Marci

http://reviews.ebay.com/CHANGING-THE-BELT-ON-A-KIRBY-G3-G4-G5-GSIX-ULTIMATE-G_W0QQugidZ10000000003720039

http://reviews.ebay.com/KIRBY-CARPET-SHAMPOOER-INSTRUCTIONS-MANUAL-DIRECTIONS_W0QQugidZ10000000004594992

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

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SOURCE: I was vacuuming my car and the Kirby G4 just stopped

Greetings from GoVacuum,

Unfortunately there is no fuse on a Kirby Generation model. In my 10 years of repairing Kirby's as well as other vacuums I will tell you that 9 times out of 10, when a Kirby Generation doesn't turn on, it's the cord that needs to be replaced. This is by far the most common problem that we see on Kirby repairs.
The Kirby motor is very well built, and usually has a life of 30+ years (G3 is about 12-15 years now). The only other problem it could be on the Kirby would be carbon brushes, or the switch assembly.

I would first try testing the power cord, I think this will solve the problem for you. To test a cord on a Kirby Generation (all Generation models are the same machines, just different colors) first follow where the cord goes into the Kirby at the bottom. To access this cover easier, first remove the "boot" at the bottom of the outer bag. This is the plastic part at the bottom of the outer bag that connects onto the Kirby. You will see that there is a plastic cover over the cord. You will need to remove the screw that holds this cover on.
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Now after you have removed the cover, pull the plug out of the machine. Once you have the cord disconnected from the machine, you can now test it to see if there is a short somewhere in the cord. You will need to purchase an inexpensive continuity tester from Home Depot, Radio Shack, or most other electronic stores. This will tell you if there is power running through the cord, or if the cord is bad. With the continuity tester, plug the cord into the wall outlet, then put the positive, and negative testing rods into the female end of the cord that plugs into the machine. You will then be able to tell if the cord has continuity going through it. The tester will indicate if there's continuity or not.
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The picture here shows that the cord is good. If your tester does not light up, or indicate that there is continuity, you'll simply just need to purchase a new cord. As I stated earlier, this is the most common reason that a Kirby won't turn on.

If however your cord tests OK, this indicates that the machine either needs a new motor (or carbon brushes in the motor) or it needs a new switch.

Please feel free to email me if you'd like instructions on how to diagnosis the switch or carbon brushes, or if you need to purchase a cord for your G3. Also I can send you a parts diagram of the Kirby should you ever need any other part for it. I have all parts for Kirby in stock, and we are the cheapest price online.

If the cord tested ok, then there are a few other things that may have gone bad. I'd be more then happy to try and help you diagnosis the Kirby further. Please just request a repair clarifiaction here on Fixya with further details.

If this helped you figure out the problem, please rate my repair as helpful. I really do appreciate it, thank you.

Chris J.

Posted on Mar 21, 2010

VacuumRepair
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SOURCE: i have a kirby g4 how do i make it blow air

Hi There,

Here's a step by step guide explaining what you have to do to change your Kirby from a vacuum into a blower:


Step 1. Make Sure That Your Kirby is Unplugged from the wall. Remove the front nozzle of the machine by lifting the housing that contains the headlight upwards. Now rotate the belt lifter from the green "Belt On" setting to the red "Belt Off" position:

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Step 2. With the belt lifter turned to the red "Belt Off" setting, Turn the knob at the top of the bell shaped agitator housing to release the brush housing from the vacuum:


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Step 3. Locate the attachment called the saftey cup that attaches on the Kirby in the exact same place as the brush housing did. This part does two things; Activates the safety switch to the left of the fan, and secondly covers the opening to the fan chamber to prevent anything from getting inside the fan housing and damaging it.


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Step 4. Once you install the safety cup it is a good idea to check if the vacuum is working. If it is not (assuming it did work with the nozzle) - check if safety cup switch actuator isn't broken (see picture).

If it works then but it does not when you install the hose (next step) you will know that you did not turn the hose far enough.

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Step 5. Take the bag off the Kirby. On the bigger end of the hose there is a line that you have to match with a little bump on the kirby fan housing (marked with red dots). Push the end of the hose over the Kirby exhaust as far as it can go.


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Step 6. Turn this hose end clockwise (you may have to apply considerable force).

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Step 7. It has to be turned far enough to press another safety switch that is on the unit just behind the exhaust neck.


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Step 7. You are done and ready to use it as a blower. We would recommend turning it on outside. Hose may have some dust accumulated on the inside and it may blow a lot of dust in the first few seconds of use. Also shake the hose well while outside to loosen any dust/dirt accumulations on the inside.

    Be very careful when blowing dust out of computers or other electronics.
  1. Dirt from inside of the hose may damage components.
  2. Airflow is so strong that it may break circuit boards if they are not well mounted around the perimeter.
  3. Using Kirby a lot of static electricity may be generated that may cause circuit failure due to electrostatic discharge (harmless to people - deadly to electronics).

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    NEVER operate blower with the nozzle on. There are 3 important reasons for that:
    1. Kirby is designed to have much higher RPM (Revolutions Per Minute) with the hose or safety cup so it will push more air than with the nozzle.
    2. If you use kirby as a blower with the nozzle - dust and dirt that is in the nozzle from vacuuming carpets and/or rugs will be blown into the air.
    3. If there is nothing (no nozzle no safety cup) Kirby vacuum simply will not turn on.

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I really hope that the above instructions were helpful to you in converting your Kirby into a blower. If you have a question on any of the steps, please feel free to use the comment field to ask them, I'm always more then happy to answer any follow up questions you may have.

If this was helpful to you, please be so kind and rate the repair helpful, or by leaving feedback for me. This is really appreciated by the Fixya community when a repair was able to solve your problem.

Thanks again,

Chris Jones
GoVacuum.com

Posted on Jun 15, 2010

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G4. Why does it only seem to have suction with the hose detached?


Hey, this is Jeremy with Crucial Vacuum,

I am sorry to hear that you are having issues with your Kirby G4. It sounds like your problems might stem from one of two areas:

1) Your hose may not be attached properly and allowing for air to enter the hose at the point of attachment.

2) The vacuum bag may not be properly attached to the hose connector.

Below I have attached a link to the users manual for the Kirby G4. You should refer to page 9 and 20-21 to view the diagrams pertaining to my suggestions.

http://kirbywhq.powweb.com/manuals/G4/8D4538EC00E93846200D614F7C499B59/G4%20Manual.pdf

You can purchase replacement parts for Kirby direct from Crucial Vacuum with free shipping and an exclusive 10% coupon for Fixya.com readers, use code: FIXYA10

http://www.crucialvacuum.com/kirby.html


I hope this was helpful. If you would like further assistance, please feel free to give us a call at 877.750.9239. We have helpful and friendly customer care representatives on the line ready to assist you.

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How To Attach Carpet Shampooer To Your Kirby Generation 4 (G4) Upright.


Hello,

This is an excellent, easy to follow video presentation of attaching the carpet cleaner to your Kirby Generation 3 Upright Vacuum Cleaner. Please note that the model being used in the video is a newer model named the Sentria, but the process of attaching the carpet extractor attachment is identical on the Kirby Sentria and the Kirby Generation 4. The only major difference is that the Generation 4 does not have the lever that extends out to turn the belt to off. On the Generation 4 this is dont by turning the entire white square with the Kirby logo on it in the front of the vacuum cleaner.

Please feel free to ask for a repair clarification if you have a question on how to attach the carpet shampooer. I'm always, more then happy to answer any follow up questions there may be.


Instructional Video On How To Attachment Carpet Shampooer To Kirby Generation 4 (g4) Vacuum Cleaner:
http://kirbywhq.powweb.com/videos/Carpet_Shampoo.mov


I hope that this helped you change your Kirby into a carpet shampooer. I you found this video helpful, please rate this Tip as helpful by clicking the Thumbs Up Icon. I really do appreciate it, thank you.

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I have Kirby sentria that shuts off while using the rug attachment and won't start until I change to the hose attachment. I have had it in Kirby repair store 5 times, cord replaced. Took it back t


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NO POWER TO UNIT.HOW DO I TAKE IT APART?


Remove the screw attaching the cord cover to the side of the machine and remove the cover by carefully prying from the rear with a flat screwdriver. Check the cord with a voltmeter. This machine will also not run unless the rug head (or hose), and bag assembly are correctly in place.

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How do you put on the attachment hose to clean stairs


Assuming the rug nozzle is currently attached, lift up the headlight hood. Twist the belt lifter (black plastic square) on the rug nozzle counterclockwise to remove the belt tension. Then pull the accessory lock up until the rug nozzle comes loose of the Power Plant. You will notice two hinges at the bottom that hook on the the Power Plant's attaching bar. Gently lift up the rug nozzle to unhook it from the attaching bar.

Now your Kirby is naked. You will notice two small hooks on the hose attachment--hook them over the attaching bar, place the end of the hose attachment firmly against the Power Plant, then push the accessory lock down to clamp the hose in place.

You are now ready to use your Kirby with the hose attachment.

May 20, 2010 | Kirby Heritage II Vacuum

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Green light no on


HI There,

When the green lights do not come on when vacuuming with a Kirby, this indicates that your belt2_bing.gif has either broken or fallen off. There is a magnet on the beater bar that activates the LED green light when it's spinning.

Here's a helpful video tutorial2_bing.gif that we recorded, that will show you how to replace the belt, as well as perform basic maintenance on your roller brush to prolong the life of your belt as long as possible.

Video Repair on How To Check The Belt on a Kirby Generation G4:


I hope this was helpful! If you have any follow up questions, please feel free to use the comment field here on Fixya.

If you need to purchase a new roller brush, or belt for your Kirby G4, here are direct links to those parts on our website:

Kirby G4 Roller Brush Assembly:
http://www.govacuum.com/kir108.html

Kirby G4 Agitator Belt:
http://www.govacuum.com/kir143.html

If this repair was helpful to you, please be so kind and rate my repair helpful, or leave feedback for me. This is really appreciated by the Fixya community when someone answers your questions.

Thanks again,

Chris Jones
GoVacuum.com

May 21, 2010 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Putting on the attachments for the kirby g4


Well... some attachments you may end up not using at all... some of them are very handy...
I have online manual for attachments HERE

Good Luck

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If you still have not shampooed your rugs - here is the Kirby Shampoo Manual ONLINE

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