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How to put automix piston back in place of a Bissell Power Steame

Took the top off to clean and the automix piston fell out. Need to know the position so that the solution knob catches hold of the piston. Please help. I love my steam cleaner..

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Called the Bissell Power Steamer customer service number and the CSR explained how to turn the water control knob counterclockwise 260 degrees until the automix piston grabbed hold. Worked like a charm. Thank you Bissell company.

Posted on Jun 19, 2009

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