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My roomba continuously stops and starts. It will go about 8 inches and then it stops and backs up then stops again. I cleaned the cliff sensors with caned air but it didn't help. I can control it with the remote and it works fine but it will not go on its on.
I decided to take it apart and see if I could fix it because even if something inside went "SPROING" and I couldn't get it back together, it wouldn't be any worse than it was already.
FIrst, remove the dust bin part and the brushes. Then, there are four screws on the bottom gray panel which have to be removed first in order to get to the gears which hold the brushes. I did not remove the little sweeper brush on the front, but I just slide it through the hole in the gray panel.
Then in order to get out the orange section which actually holds the brushes, there are four screws which must be removed. The orange section is attached to a blue section. This entire unit comes out by sliding it toward the area where the dust bin goes, being careful not to tear the light gray rubber gasket which covers the side.
Once that section is removed, there are two screws on each side. These screws hold the orange thing to the blue thing. Once the screws are removed, lift up only the side which has the white squares into which the brushes are inserted. These are actually the back side of little gears. There is a face plate on the outside of the orange part on this end. The other end contains a bunch of wires and I was careful not to disconnect any of them.
The face plate has six screws which must all be removed. Use caution when removing the face plate. Hold it up so that all of the stuff doesn't fall out. It has a bunch of gears, little brass looking fittings and grease. Take care to only remove the gears which have the squares which hold the brushes AND do it one at a time unless you like working jigsaw puzzles. I used tweezers and a pin to clean the "gunk" consisting of hair, fuzz, etc., out of the little gears.
Reverse the process to put it back together. Hazel, my little Roomba, played me a happy little song and immediately went back to work. She seems as good as new.
Posted on Nov 20, 2008
Roomba has a problem identifying colors under certain situations. I've seen them freak out on a perfectly flat black-and-white checkerboard pattern. Sometimes they become "blind" due to this condition.
I can't tell what your specific problem is but you might try a small band of tape around the bottom of the chair legs in a color opposite what the chairs are now. Electrical tape comes in a few colors and is easy enough to use. Hope that helps.
Posted on Jan 27, 2009
SOURCE: ERROR MESSAGE
The "cliff sensors" are what help Roomba make sure that it doesn't tumble down stairs or over a cliff. You can see picture of their locations here:
You can try just blowing a bit of compressed air on the lenses of those sensor since they can malfunction if dust builds up on them. If the sensors have gone bad, you can find new ones at places like
www.roboticvacparts.com or at this link
Posted on Jun 20, 2009
SOURCE: ERROR MESSAGE
When Roomba says "Please Inspect and Clean Roomba's Cliff Sensors" it means that Roomba 500 series sees a constant cliff.This can happen if Roomba was started on an uneven surface or got stuckon an obstacle during the cleaning cycle. Extremely dark-colored floorsurfaces may also contribute to this error. If this error occurs on aneven, light-colored floor surface, Roomba’s Cliff Sensors could be dirty or obstructed.To troubleshoot this issue, please follow these steps:
The location of the (4) optical sensors can be seen here:
Occasionally these sensors do go bad and that can be a hassle since iRobot doesn't like to sell replacements...they prefer you send the whole robot back to them. If you are handy and willing to replace yourself, you can purchase replacements from some reputable vendors like www.RoboticVacParts.com
Posted on Jun 20, 2009
its going in circles because it thinks it bumbing something try using commpressed air and blow out the the bumber sensors
Posted on Aug 18, 2009
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