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My El8505 turns off when I pull it backwards. Whats the cause?

Changed brush bar and belt

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    Robert Hunter Dec 11, 2014

    More detail. In higher nap carpet as I draw the vacuum back the cleaner turns itself off but only on higher nap carpet.

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