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I watched video on replacing the fan. I am a grandmother and have never replaced anything. Everything went fine until I tried to remove the shaft holding the fan in. I keep turning the shaft to the right but it never releases from the unit. I can see wheels and a belt on the opposite side of the unit going around. Did I ruin the vacuum by letting this problem go too long. I don't know how to remove the shaft if it is stripped (that is all I can figure must be wrong).

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Those video's aren't detailed enough. You have to take apart the other side too. Follow the directions on this page and you should be able to do it. You can order a new fan on amazon for about $12.
http://www.greatvacs.com/education/kirby-fan.html

Posted on Oct 22, 2013

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    cmoore2440 Oct 22, 2013

    The video was very helpful and I have replaced the fan. I think I may have killed the motor though. Now the motor just hums a little and does not provide power to the fan. Do you think I have blown the engine?

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I take it the armature is not moving at all when you are turning the pulley(to the right, is right). You may have to pull the motor asm. out, remove the 4 scres and nuts off of the front bearing plate and pull it out along with the armature. I can't rmember if there is enough romm after pulling it out, from the inside to cut the shaft off with a hack saw. It is either that or replace the front bearing plate along with the armature.

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Thanks for the clarification. I have never seen this problem previously in a Kirby. I wonder if the belt keeps sliding off because it's been stretched out? After about 1-2 years, the belts on the Kirby will stretch out to a point where there can possibly slide off the motor shaft. Have you tried just replacing the belt on the unit first?

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