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Hoover Bagless Windtunnel - Self Propel feature not working

I have a Hoover Bagless Windtunnel that has stopped self propelling.  It self-propels forward, but not when I pull back on it.  The self-propel handle seems to be loose and goes up and down when I pull back.  I have cleaned out the bottom of the vacuum and all the belts are intact.  Can you help me troubleshoot this problem.

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  • Aces7879 Dec 19, 2007

    I have the opposite problem - rolls easily when pulling back but will not self-propel forward. Any clues? And any way to prevent this from happening again after replacing the cable ... if that's what it needs?

  • Anonymous Mar 29, 2014

    Any ideas

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I have the same problem with ours. If you lift the vacuum by the handle it breaks the lever on the transmission. You can find a replacement cable and lever on line for about $16.00 it is somewhat involved to repair but can be done by someone with mechanical ability. You can try and find a repair shop but be careful, they sometimes tell you the part is not available and try to sell you something else. I think they should be able to do the job for aprox. $80.00, but they may want more. I did it myself plus the height adj. knob for $24.00

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