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Kirby Ultimate G wheels lock up when in drive...

It's about 5 years old and all of a sudden the large rear wheels lock up when it's in "drive mode" to vaccum carpets. How do I fix this?!

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  • jlamberg May 16, 2009

    ****. :( Ok, where do I get a transmission and can it be replaced by me or will I have to get a tech to do it? And THANK YOU for the super quick response!!

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Replace the transmission. The tranny that drives these Kirbys can give you problems.

Posted on May 16, 2009

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    Jeremy Reddick May 16, 2009

    I know how you are feeling, we own two of them. You can replace it yourself, kind of tricky but you can do it. To get the part you will need to go to Kirby.com and get it from them. You are welcome for the response and if you could please give me a vote

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If it is fine and gears are spinning - then something must be wrong inside the transmission. Parts for tech drive are not available from manufacturer so you are on your own. It is not really complicated - 2 clutches that engage and disengage depending which direction you push the vacuum. But if something in there is broken - you have to get a new tranny. It is not like getting a transmission for a truck but it still will set you back by about 100 $.

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Kirby ultimate G My belt broke & sucked into my sweeper & got stuck. My husband had to take it a part, he go out the belt but the accessory lock now is striped. Can that be replaced? Have you ever heard of this?

Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Yes, the accessory lock can be replaced but it may be part of the actual vacuum head of which could be expensive, it may be molded onto the vacuum head and would be replaced. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.

http://kirby.com/ Customer Service – United States & Canada 1-800-494-8586
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Thanks, Don the Vac Man
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