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Kirby Belt Lifter Assembly

How does the belt lifter go together on the Kirby vacuum head?  I broke the outside  plastic piece which turns to lift the belt on and off.  I have repaired that piece but am not sure where  the plastic washer and the two metal washers go when putting it back together.  I think the plastic washer goes inside of the  vacuum head with the two tabs facing outward towards the front of the vacuum head but I don't know how the wavy metal washer and the flat metal washer fit together or if they should go inside the vacuum head or outside of the vacuum head.
Thanks for any assistance you can provide.

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Re: Kirby Belt Lifter Assembly

I have tried to get a parts breakdown for your vacuum cleaner with no success. The way that then washers should go is the flat smotth metal washer on the inside followed by the fibre washer and the wavy washer on the outside. The waves are used to bite into the plastic so it cannot work loose.

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Green light does not come on ans brush does not move. belt is good and brush does spin manually.

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My Kirby is not engaging the belt after it was put back on. I took it off to clean brushes and did everything according to the video but the belt will still not engage and green light does not come on.

The belt is not on the motor shaft. Remove the head from the motor unit. With the belt centered on the brushroll, turn the belt lifter a full 3/4 turn counterclockwise to stretch the belt up onto the belt lifter finger. ( Look through the back to be sure the belt is streched into a loop over the finger.) Plce the head back on the motor unit and latch it in place, then turn the belt lifter fully clockwise to drop the belt onto the motor shaft. Be sure the brushroll is correctly installed in the head. Setting # 1 should face the floor.

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make sure the belt is on the belt lifter look in hole on back of head once head is locked on power plant turn belt lifter clockwise to put on shaft

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Facing vacuum,turn belt lifter knob counterclockwise till it stops.Lift headlight hood,and unlatch brushead,and remove.Looking thru the hole in back,turn belt lifter knob clockwise to release belt.Remove bottom plate,and bend one end of bracket to remove end of brush roll.Slip new belt on and replace brushroll back into bracket,and replace bottom rug plate.Looking thru hole in back,turn belt lifter knob until the hook inside picks up belt.Replace brushead,and again,turn belt lifter knob clockwise to drop belt onto shaft.

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Don't know how to change belt on the 2001 G limited edition, having problem taking off the brush.

Raise the height adjustment to it's highest setting.Turn the belt lifter knob on the brushead counterclockwise till it stops.Remove the brushead,then turn the belt lifter clockwise till it stops,releasing the belt.Turn the brushead around to the back.You will see 2 latches holding the brush plate assembly on.Unlatch those,and remove the brushroll assembly.Remove the brushroll from the plate by bending the tabs at one end to release the brush.Remove the old belt,and slide the new one over the brushroll.If you remove the entire brushroll,install it with the screw heads facing the floor.The ends of the brush roll have different size caps,one end is larger than the other,and one is black,one is white.This is so the brush will only go in one way.
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Step 1: 
UNPLUG YOUR KIRBY VACUUM CLEANER. Before you go any further, take your time with this belt change. It's not that difficult, just a little different than most other vacuums. These belts are very easy to find on the internet. kirby-oldstyle1.jpg Step 2: 
You should be facing the front of your Kirby vacuum. The height adjustment lever will be on your right. Push the lever all the way down. Lift the light hood with your left hand. Turn theKirby vacuum belt lifter counter-clockwise with your right hand. Unlock the accessory lock. The accessory lock is located under the light hood. Move the lock to the left to disengage it. Remove the front of the vacuum cleaner.
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Turn the vacuum belt lifter all the way clockwise until the belt drops down. Unlock the roller plate by releasing the two latches on the rear. Pull the roller plate up slightly and then off. kirby-oldstyle3.jpg kirby-oldstyle3a.jpg  
Step 4: 
Bend one end of the roller bracket just enough to remove the roller. Remove this end of the roller. If you need to replace the roller take it all the way out. Remove any carpet fiber, string, or hair from the roller with a scissor.

kirby-oldstyle4.jpg kirby-oldstyle4a.jpg Step 5:
After you have removed the old belt, slide the new one back on the middle of the roller. If you're Kirby vacuum cleaner has a belt indicator light, the roller will have a magnet built onto one end of it. It's very important to install to install a roller with a magnet on the same side as the indicator light. The roller actually will only fit into the roller plate one way.
kirby-oldstyle4.jpg Step 6: 
Place the roller back in the roller bracket. Place the roller bracket back and lock it into place with the 2 latches. Rotate the vacuum cleaner belt lifter counter-clockwise. You should feel the the belt catch. Look inside to make sure the belt is being stretched onto the vacuum belt lifter. Reassemble the machine. After you have reassembled your Kirby, turn the belt lifter cockwise, releasing the vacuum belt onto the vacuum motor shaft. kirby-oldstyle2.jpg

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