Question about Kenmore Vacuums
I see the answer to how to get to the cord retractor (removing the 4 clips on the pedal) but my question is this: The spring that pulls the cord into the machine doesn't have any tension once it gets about 1/2 way through retracting the cord.
Can the spring be "re-tensioned" --tightened up or can it be replaced? Has anyone run into this problem and fixed it?
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Sounds like your cable reel mechanism is broken. Go to <a href="http://www.grosse.is-a-geek.com/diydc05mc.html">this link</a> to see a step-by-step guide for replacing the reel. You will need to order it from a spares provider. Google is your friend. Prices around £23.
Posted on Sep 13, 2009
SOURCE: VACUUM - 1. How to open
Hi,most cord reels have a metal flat spring, wound very tight, like in an
old clock (if you remember cartoons very well, you can imagine the
spring). It's this coil that retracts the cord. The locking in/out
mechanism is similar to a venetian-type blind pull; you can release
the blinds, and lock them in any position you choose by pulling
slightly at an angle.
The cord reel itself is mechanical; however the cord usually is soldered or otherwise wire-connected to a metallic contact, which in turn is connected to the motor. So if a cord is yanked hard enough to dislodge the connected contact, the vacuum will not run. But, it does take a big yank!
Cord reels, as a rule, are only good for so many ins-and-outs. Eventually they all fail. But, how convenient they are!
Hope this helps.
Posted on Mar 26, 2011
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