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With help from this site I replaced the fan on my Kirby Gen4. Now the motor starts slow then stalls. Is it ruined?

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When the fan finally cracks and even before it spins out of balance so your motor brushes have poor and intermitent contact with the armature and could have broken the motor housing possibly damaged the field. But ruined NEVER. That machine will run 100 years :)

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You have to take off the top cover, then the handle pivot. Look down at the back of the armature you will see that it has a flat spot, you use a small vise grips or pliers to hold it, turn the belt pulley to the right if I remember right and turn the pulley off. If it won't come free, use a couple of flat blade screwdrivers and pry up to pop the fan off. Then put it all back together.

Posted on Feb 11, 2008

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SOURCE: Kirby Heritage 2 fan replacement

Take the bag asm. and handle off. Then remove the plastic strip covering the switch, remove the screw there, remove the 3 screws on the housing, turn it over and loosen the screw near the back, the housing should come off. Then remove the screws on the back of the fan casing. You shouild be able to get to the fan, hold the fan and turn the spindle to the right to take off. If it would turn off, then you may have to lock the armature so it can't turn to move it. Then re-asemble in reverse.

Posted on Jun 21, 2008

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