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Kirby G4 not distributing shampoo...

My kirby usually works really well, however sometimes the shampooer doesn't lay the foam out when I try to shampoo the carpet. I clean the shampooer everytime I use it, before and after. Sometimes, it just doesn't work. Then the next time I use it, it's fine. I hadn't had the problem in a while until just now. I can see the shampoo/water in the clear hose and it is moving very slowly. Hardly anything is getting to the carpet. Any suggestions?..truly I have cleaned it...

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Re: Kirby G4 not distributing shampoo...

Thanks kathy, that's exactly what my problem was, the screen was stuck in the hose.


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Re: Kirby G4 not distributing shampoo...

 I was having the same problem. There is a filter plug that came loose on mine and went down into the hose. It belong on the water tank and fits in there tightly and the hose end goes over it. That's what actually makes the foam.

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Re: Kirby G4 not distributing shampoo...

You are missing the wee round suds screen that goes over the hole where the hose attaches to the tank. It may be wedged in your hose.

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