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Problem with motor; need to open the motor compartment

I have an old kenmore bagged canister vacuum but I think it's similar to the above model.  How can I open the motor compartment in the canister so I could work on the motor.  I don't see any screws and it's difficult to pry the canister apart.  Thanks.

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  • amandabarton Nov 21, 2007

    I have the same problem. The motor is running really loud and I can't get the thing apart to look at it.

  • Anonymous Dec 19, 2007

    i have a kenmore similar to the picture above. I can't get the cover off the motor. I found two screws but the other two must be under the on/off switch. Is there a trick?

  • johndhawley Feb 20, 2008

    I need to access the motor compartment on my Kenmore Powermate Canister Vacuum. I do not see any screws or tabs.

    Please notify when a solution is found (I need to replace the electric cord retractor and vheck the motor brushes).



    John

  • Anonymous Feb 11, 2009

    I have a whispertone canister vacuum model 8540 and I can't pry the cord return pad up to get it off I have tried everything and it won't come off??

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This may help. My Kenmore is ten years old. I found two screws under the hinges of the cover to the tool accessory compartment. Remove cover screws are in the corners. The other two I found are under the cord return foot pad. Pad pops off by prying up. I hope I explained it so you will beable to understand..

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The top piece near the back comes off, use a screw driver to pry the corners out then it will come off. Then you can get to the 2 screws holding the motor housing off. When you put it back on, it just snaps in place.

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If your're trying to take the cover just squeeze the sides on topwhere
the lights are and it will come off. then there are two screws to
remove and the bottom will come of providing you use a
screwdriver where shown

Posted on Mar 06, 2009

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