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Wheels stop turning

I was vacuuming and the wheels on my self propelled windtunnel stopped turning. I have cleaned off the brush of all hair and anything wrapped around it, but it has not helped.

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Re: Wheels stop turning

Model number would help. If this one has a V belt and a flat belt, then the flat belt is broke, or come offthe motor pully, or is stretched enough that it won't drive the wheels. Which is #12 on the pic. part #38528035, the V belt part #38528034.


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