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1,the fans is good , is ok
there is not an overheating situation ,only 5-10 minutes,
2,seems that the lamp ballast is defective
you need a new lamp ballast, unit price is USD80
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No replacing the cooling fan would not require replacing the thermostat although a good mechanic would have recommended you have the system serviced. At 80,000 miles you need a complete cooling system service. Drain, flush, replace thermostat, fill with a 50/50 mix of antifreeze & distilled water, and bleed air from system. Also have them check the function of the water pump and replace if it is suspect or has any play in the shaft.
Thanks for the clarification. I have never seen this problem previously in a Kirby. I wonder if the belt keeps sliding off because it's been stretched out? After about 1-2 years, the belts on the Kirby will stretch out to a point where there can possibly slide off the motor shaft. Have you tried just replacing the belt on the unit first?
If you're sure that it's not the belt that may be stretched out, and you'd like to replace the motor shaft, you certainly may do this. The only problem with this is the motor shaft is not sold by itself as a separate part. The only way to purchase this motor shaft is to purchase the entire fan assembly, which includes a new fan, and the hardware necessary on the fan assembly.
In terms of installing it, we've actually recorded a video repair on how to replace the fan assembly, which involves removing the motor shaft in order to get the fan off. Since you have to purchase the fan assembly anyways in order get the motor shaft, you may want to go ahead and replace your fan assembly at this time also. Even though your fan may not be broken, on Kirby's the fans can become coated with dirt and fine dust, which can sometimes lead to the Kirby exhausting a bad smell. If you'd rather not replace the fan, you may remove the motor shaft without disassembling the entire machine, you'll just need to secure the fan somehow so that the fan doesn't spin while you're using a nail to turn the motor shaft off.
Anyways, here's the video repair that we recorded. I hope that this helps you. If you found this helpful, please kindly rate my repair helpful by clicking the thumbs up icons in the top right hand corner of the repair. This is really what keeps Fixya repair professionals continue to give free repairs online.
Here's Part 1 of the video:
Here's Part 2 on Replacing the motor shaft and fan:
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