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The automatic shut off

The red automatic shut off pops up in the recovery tank and the cleaner loses its suction

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Re: the automatic shut off

Check the filter on the inside of the lid for the dirty water tank. It needs to have a 1/4 in. gap from the top of the lid to the top of the filter.

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

Re: the automatic shut off

I've only used my Hoover steam vac twice and now it will not turn on. Any idea what the problem may be?

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

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Problem: Clean solution won’t
Problem: Brushes/brush indicator
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Possible cause
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