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The brush isn't turning. Have cleaned around ends of brush. Looks like the motor isn't turning the belt.

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Belt could be broken or has come off. It needs to be taken apart to find out. Not a hard fix usually. Since you didn't mention that it didn't squeal, got hot and smelled of burnt rubber or the roller didn't spin this is my guess.

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