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I've never seen a Dyson with a "medal". For that matter, I've never seen a Dyson with any metal parts either, except the screws. You should take it to a qualified vacuum repair shop to make sure the parts aren't necessary before running it again, just in case.
It sounds as if this is the piece desinged to scrape lint from the screen on the filter cartridge holder. There should be two slots near the top of the dirt cup, about in the middle, that this piece snaps into, with the pegs facing the filter.
That is a bagless vacuum. It does not require any bags, but you do have to clean the filters every so often. There are three filters in the top canister, and one in the base by the motor. Press the black button on the front of the canister and pull out to release it. Pressing the lever on the back will release the bottom black piece, emptying the contents. Do this over the garbage, or outside. It can be messy. Twist the top gray piece (the part with the first button and handle) counter-clockwise to open the filter area. This will reveal a black lid. Remove it, and the three filters underneath. One is a round black and gray conventional style filter, one is a foam disk, and one is a screen area on a tube. Shake them out (outside), tapping them on something hard like a railing or the ground, and rinse them under running water. Shake the water out of them, and reinstall them. The last filter is behind the gray slotted panel in the bottom of the main body. Press the tabs on either side and pull the panel outwards. Shake this filter outside, but don't wash it. This is the intake filter. If you get it wet, water may get on the electric motor. Keep it dry.
They go in the slot beside the right wheel. Metal spring first, (the open ends facing away from front of vacuum base. The white nylon piece lays parallel and directly on top of the metal spring, round edge up, and aligned with the open ends of the metal springs.
The Flange in question is about one inch tall and and approx 4 inches circular ..... When you pull the canister (container to empty) off and empty the contents in the trash .... some of us tap it to get the excess out or off the sides ..... That Flange is the rubber piece attached to the bottom of the darker gray cylinder inside the canister you are emptying. When you tap the canister or after dumping it numerous times that flange can work itself (slide) up the darker gray cylinder ...... it needs to be slid downward and overlap the bottom when you close the canister from dumping it. You can remove the flange and see the grooves .... replace it back on with it hanging off a little to allow for overlap. That should decrease the amount of excess being trapped in the filter. Hope this helps.
here is a site that has detailed instructions for using your kirby shampooer.
the screen that goes in the hose is different from the filter (round flat sponge) that goes between the exhaust side of the kirby and the shampooer tank. The screen is what makes the suds...if its not seated properly or missing (or damaged) then it won't make suds.
this site shows a picture of the piece I'm describing...its the 3rd picture down, called the gauze filter...still its different from the sponge filter....
also...make sure you go slowly with the kirby (and lower it to its lowest setting) if your carpet is heavily soiled....the enzymes in the shampoo are what clean the carpet (oils, grime, etc) and if its heavily soiled the suds disappear almost immediately.
The soap dispenser is supposed to be attched to the water tank. That grey piece, if it is round with 2 small ears on it is the metering plate, it controls the flow of water. It sits on the table that the tank sits on, insert it into the hole and turn to lock it in place.