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Dirt Devil Featherlite Bagless Upright

This vacuum has great pickup but, it is so hard to push. Is there a problem with the automatic height adjust. I hate to take it back but, we can't even push it. thanks in advance jesse

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Check the height adjust knob. It may be broken and need to be replaced. Turn over cleaner and move the knob from flat floor to plush crapet. If the two little wheels don't move, you need a new knob. Costs under three dollars at DirtDevil.com

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Check the brush roll, are the bristles worn down? Check the belt also, if it is stretched, then it won't drive the brush roll like it should.

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