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Motor brushes have gone bad.On some vacumcleaners they can be replaced some need motor replacement

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If you can see the arcing you are likely in the motor housing. The brushes are specific to the motor depending on RPM. Most brushes and motors in Sears units are supplied by AMTEK Lamb. The color on the plastic housing and stamped model # on motor will help identify the correct carbon brush, however new brushes will NOT always solve your problem if the motor is arcing.
If the armature is worn like an apple core or if the lines between segments on the copper commutator are gaping and not parallel you will need a new or rebuilt motor.
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In some cases, fixing the power nozzle will fix the problems you are experienceing with the main motor as the arcing happening in the power nozzle can in fact turn off your machine. So investing in a new elbow assembly for your power nozzle could in fact solve the problem in its entirety.

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