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Burning smell, but belt okay

I've been told that even if the belt looks okay, it is still slipping and should be replaced. Haven't gotten it done yet, so I can't say if it works, but sure
worth a try.

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    Peter Lunter May 28, 2017

    I have the same problem. The belt seems slightly too long Even though it has ribs it can slip and burn up. I'm on my third belt and it is doing the same thing.

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The burning smell is caused by the heat generated from friction. Belts stretch and thus are worn out and must be replaced. When you do it (it is very easy) you have to remove the roller brush completely, anyway, clean it at the ends of the shaft of any pet hair and/or carpet threads. Also clean the area in the housing where the shafts rest. This will keep it rotating smoothly and your cleaner will operate more efficiently.

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