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Beater bar has been rattling when running the vacuum. Stopped working all together today while vacuuming.

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Hi The rattling sound is permanent and is supposed to alert the owner that the drive belt/clutch has come undone. Sadly it also means an official repair as the Animal has a protected belt that can't be repaired by the owner.

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