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Install & engage belt on Ultimate model

Can't get belt to engage or beater brush to rotate or touch the carpet-using carpet cleaner. The Ultimate-model #293001

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Re: install & engage belt on Ultimate model

Here is a link to my online guide for belt changing. Hope it helps.


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I was told by a previous repair man that there is a fuse in the beater bar that needed to be replaced.

Up to my experience in my Panasonic vacuum cleaner, if the beater bar is not working this could be because the 'Carpet/Floor' selector switch is in the 'OFF' or 'FLOOR' position. In both of these positions the beater bar will not rotate. Move the selector switch to the 'CARPET' position. When in this position the beater bar will rotate once the foot pedal is pressed.

If the selector switch is in the 'CARPET' position and the beater bar is still not rotating it could be that there is something entangled in the beater bar, or the belt is worn or broken.

To check this first unplug the vacuum cleaner

Inspect the beater bar and belts to ensure that there is nothing entangled in the beater bar and that the belts are intact and are not excessively worn. If the belts are excessively worn they may slip resulting in the beater bar not rotating.

The vacuum cleaners often have an overload protection system inside the nozzle, which stops the nozzle motor when the beater bar jams to prevent belt breakage. After clearing any lint build up or jamming you may need to reset the overload protection, by pressing the reset button on the top of the floor nozzle.

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When the head is down and the brush is engage for carpet use, the brush does not spin. At the same time there is a high pitch squeal that is heard. If I lift the handle up, lifting the head and the...

This sounds like a belt issue to me. The belt usually runs from a drive shaft to the rotating beater bar / brush. Both the drive shaft and beater bar / brush that are contact with the belt must be clean. Oils, etc. can interfere with the grip on the belt. If the belt is squealing for very long, the drive shaft can damage the belt. make sure you're using the correct belt - and have all the parts in their right places. Recheck your work and provide the vacuum make and model if you're unable to get it working properly.

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Likely a broken belt. Also check the agitator brush roll bearings (in either end under the end caps) for hair, strong, thread, etc. as this will make the brush roll harder to turn and wear/break belts prematurely. If all these check okay, then observe the tensioning roller that causes the V belt (runs from the idler pulley to the brush roller) to be sure it is swinging down when the handle is released to hold tension on the belt, causing it to rotate. These tensioning rollers can break, but often are locked into the "Bare Floor" setting without the user noticing. Slide the carpet brush roll selector (located on top, next to the floor height slide adjustment) back and forth and make certain it is all the way into the "Carpet" setting to allow the tensioning roller to engage. [Note: The tensioning roller is always retracted (in the neutral or off position) when the handle is in the upright position. You must release the handle to allow this tensioing assembly to engage.]

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Caught a string in the beater bar. Cleared it out but now the beater bar will not spin. The belts are intact. I had this problem before and I can not find the answer online that fixed it. It is not the...

Hi there,

Sorry to hear you're having a problem with your DC07. Please note that the brushbar will never rotate when the cleaner is standing in the upright position, or if you've used the brush control to turn it off.

If you have the cleaner reclined in the vacuuming position with the brush control set to 'ON', and the brushbar will not rotate, please get in touch with us free on 08002980298 (UK), or 1866MYDYSON (US), so we can provide the assistance you need.

Kind regards,

Dyson Customer Service

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Hi, My Kirby Ultimate G upright has very little suction. The engine sounds fine when turned on and the bag is not full at all. Suggestions?

In general, when the beater brushes on vacuum cleaners are not rotating, the debris on the carpet is not "bounced up" and into the suction area of the vacuum. With this in mind it might be a good idea to see if your beater brush or brushes are rotating freely. If they are not it could be due to the ends of the brushes being bound up where they meet the vacuum case or the belt(s) could be loose or broken. That would be the least expensive thing to start with. Please let me know if you have questions.

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Lift the headlight and rotate the thumb dial to release the carpet head. It will spin to the side. Rotate the square handle at the front of the vac fully to the left.
Remove the carpet head and open it from the bottom side. Observe which side had a little block below the LED belt indicator when you rotate the brush. The brush must go back in this way. The blocks at the end of the brush are color coded for height adjustment. Remove the brush, slide a genuine belt onto the center and close the bottom cover of the housing. make sure the brush spins freely, now look into the belt opening, round hole at the side. Using the square dial at the front of the head, rotate the hook into the belt to twist the belt and open it for installation onto the motor shaft.
Reinstall the head onto the vac, using the thumb dial to lock into place and rotate the square handle again . This will release the belt tension onto the motor shaft. Raise the vac up two knotches with the pedal before lower onto the carpet.

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You need to disengage the carpet head from the vac itself. Do this by lifting the headlight and rotating the thumb lock underneath. Then release the carpet head by turning the square dial below the light. Once you have lifted the head off the vac you will see from the backside of the head there is a belt hook holding the old belt in a twist.
pop the brush cover off at the bottom of the head but note which end of the brush goes right and left. Slide the new GENUINE belt onto the brush roll and inspect the brush for hair and thread caught at the ends.
Reisnatll the bottom plate in reverse order making sure the brush sits level in the housing.There are leveling blocks at each which are color coded.
Once again rotate the square dial on the front of the housing, in both directions if necessary ,You will feel the dial tension as it hooks your new belt inside the housing and twists it into installation position.
Reinstall the head in reverse order onto the vac.

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the belt has streached go to walmart and get a new one.

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