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Kenmore intuition non-turning beater bars, beltless model

We cleaned out any lint in the bars, and pressed the reset button, but the beater bars still don't turn on. Only two years old, and rarely used.

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When you press the reset button does the vac motor start but the bars do not turn? If so the drive belt may be broken that drives the bars. If so you will have to replace the belt. If the motor does not start it is possible the belt could be jammed or the motor seized or burnt out. If it's not very old check to see if it's still under guarantee.

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