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Replacement of electrical cord

I am trying to fix/replace the broken electrical cord 0n this vacuum and read somewhere to take the long screw out and the handle should come off, but I have done that and NO LUCK with the handle coming off to get to the electrical cord behind the handle cover. Can someone help or have any ideas ? Thanks Richard

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SOURCE: Replacing the electical cord on Kenmore Progressive Vacuum

To the right of where the cord comes out of the machine is a large screw. Remove it, and slide the upper handle assembly free.
Then, on the front of the machine, remove the screws located toward the top of the vacuum just inside the bag chamber cover. This will allow the front panel to be removed, giving you access to the cord from the front.


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SOURCE: Need to replace power cord and can't find how to open canister to replace

I had the same problem and could not find the other screws. You need to pry off the power cord retraction button, you will find two more screws under there. It's pretty easy after that!!!!

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