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My husband vacuumed up a pound of feta cheese into the upright vacuum. Cheese is inside, on wheels, etc. I cannot figure out how to open so that I can clean the brush and the isides. Help! Linda

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  • donalinda May 23, 2009

    kenmore model # 116.35922500

  • donalinda May 24, 2009

    this is an upright vacuum and I do not see how to disconnet the power bar from the unit. I

  • donalinda May 24, 2009

    the answer I got does not help. This is an upright vacuum Kenmore model 116.35922.

  • donalinda May 24, 2009

    This is beltless vacuum and we tried removing the screws and nothing loosened. It sounds like we are gong to have to take it to Sears repair as no one will touch a Kenmore.



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Yes - an independant vacuum repair shop is unlikely to repair (disassemble) - as this vac is no longer supported (in case something is broken during servicing).
You will (probably) find the repair to be more than the cost of a new vac.
Think about it before you get in too far.

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Linda,
Usually there is a cover plate on the bottom of the vacume. The plate can be heldd on by screws or clips. Sometimes the screws are resessed into holes molded in the plastic body of the vacume and go into the plate especially if it is plastic too. Sorry I dont have any lidature on your peticular model from sears. Is the cheese also where the belt is? Remove all that you can bag, cover, anything else that may be removable especially from the lower side below the handle. Often the access to removing the lower section is under anotyher area maybe the upper part of the top or the area of the bag. Look for screws that holkd the bottom on. Examine each screw you remove and mark it on a piece of paper as to where it cam out of. Keep all the screws that are alike on 1 paper pay attention to the type of threads and the length of the screws. You dont want to put back a long screw where a shorter one was. Once you have the screws removed look for flat bars or clips that may be holding the pieces together.

This is standard way I try to disassemble anything Im not femilure with. Then do your clean up. I recomend you can use some WD40 it loosens wax and oil and dirt. Cotton q-tips or pipe cleaners may be needed.It dosnt have to be 100% clean but the more the better.

And for fathers day get your husband a new vacume. It is what he always wanted take it from a guy who knowes what we like. Its pratical too. Seriously Good luck and thanks for using fixya. If this helpd you gain confidence to remove and repair/clean what you needed please rate me with as high a rating as you can.

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Hi Linda
1. With the power bar disconnected from the vacuum, turn it upside down and you will see two inset screws at the rear side of the base of the power bar. Unscrew these two screws using your Phillips screwdriver.

2. With the power bar in the same position unlatch the two plastic tabs at the rear of the power par. [It may be useful to flip up the metal bar that you see on the base to use as a handle] On each side of the base you will see an arrow saying insert screwdriver here to release. Insert a screwdriver and lever the plastic of the base slightly apart from the plastic of the side. When you have done this for both sides the base should lift off.

3. Now lift the brush including the two end pieces straight up. It should just slide up. You will need to unhook the drive belt from the brush as you lift it out.

4.Pull of each end piece and clean the dust, lint, hair off the end piece and from inside the end of the brush.

5.Once clean, reinstall the end pieces on the brush. Hook the belt back over the brush to its original position and slide the brush back into the power bar.

6. Reinstall the base by hooking the tabs from the front of the base into the small openings on the power bar.then push the base down until it clicks back into place and the tabs are back in their original position. Reinstall the two screws you removed earlier.

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for manual or user guide:-
Go to www.managemyhome.com and sign up. You have to in order to access the manuals but it's free so no big deal. After you sign up, put your cursor on Home at the top left, then follow the dropdown list until you see product manuals and click on that. Then you just enter your model number and it pulls up a downloadable manual for you. If your manual isn't there, call the 800 number listed at the bottom of that page and they'll get it on there for you, usually in about 2 working days. Very helpful people on the other end fo the phone, excellent customer service especially considering that you are charged for NOTHING!
Good luck!
regards

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Can you send me the brand and model please.

Posted on May 23, 2009

  • Ekse May 24, 2009

    Hi again, I'm sorry I can't help you with that brand. You have a button for reposting the problem / request advice from other experts.

    Please press on it to get another expert.

    all I can say without being fimiliar with this one, is to unscrew all the screws you find and take it apart slowly.

    Please press on the repost or request another expert - something to that direction hopefully you will get someone who is fimiliar with kenmore.


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