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When I tirn the vacuum on the moter sounds like it is slowing down and then there is a burning smell.

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Oppen the bottom and pull the brush out. Clean the ends, where the bearings are with alcohol until they spin freely. Do NOT lubricate them. They are self lubricating and oil will make dirt stick again.

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What are the first 4 digits of your serial number? this would be the month and year of mfr. even without a receipt, a warranty service shop should be able to assist you.

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