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Brushes spin slow

My brushes will spin, but any pressure on them and they will stop.

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Replace the belt.

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5 BRUSHES DO NOT ROTATE WHEN IN CONTACT WITH CARPET


HI There,

When the brushes on a Hoover SteamVac stop spinning, it can be caused by several things. The most frequent problem is that there is debris in the brushes such as pet hair, or lint, that prevents the brushes from spinning. Usually if you remove the brushes and clean them thoroughly, this will fix the problem. This sounds to me like what is the problem on your machine, as you make it seem as if the brushes spin, but only stop spinnning when you put them down on the carpeting.

The brushes on your Hoover are driven by a turbine brush gear assembly, not a belt. Sometimes this part can go bad, but usually when it does, the brushes won't spin at all, even when they are not on carpeting.

Anyways, here a helpful guide that I've done that shows you step by step how you can diagnosis the problem with your brushes:

First, what you'll need to do is take the brush block out of the machine. To do this there are 4 clips on the brush block. You will need to turn the machine upside down, and pull down on the brush block to where it won't pull out any farther. There are 4 clips, 2 on top, and 2 on the rear of the brushes. (See picture I have circled one of the clips in red). Simply press these clips at the same time, and pull the brush block out of the machine.
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I'd say that 60% of the time that I see this problem, the main issue is that the brushes just need to be cleaned. If you have pets in the home, a lot of the time the pet hair will just be lodged inside the brushes, will prevent them from spinning. Use a pressurized water hose with spray nozzle is ideal) and spray each brush with water to dislodge any pet hair. You should be able to get these brushes spinning when you spray them. Spray each brush until the brushes are spinning pretty fast. Re-insert the brushes into the machine, and test to see if the cleaning has fixed your problem. If the cleaning still fails to fix the problem, take the brushes back out of the machine.

Now look at the brush stem that goes into the turbine inside the machine. This is the green pole pictured in middle of the brush block. Examine this pole to determine if the top of it has broken off. It should exactly how the picture shows it. Make sure that the plastic has not broken.

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If the pole has broken, you will simply need to replace the brush block. If the pole is not damaged, the next thing to try is to turn the machine on while you have the brushes out. Look inside the machine, where the pole goes into the turbine (also important, make sure the switch for the brushes is turned to "Rotating Brush Speed Hi), this female receptacle should spin when the machine is turned on. It is important the try this when the foot pedal is released, and the handle down, and not in the upright position, as there is an internal switch that shuts the brushes off when the machine is in the upright position.

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If you notice that the female receptacle where the brush pole is inserted is spinning, then your turbine is fine. If this part is not spinning, then most likely you will need to replace your turbine.

If you find that your turbine needs to be replaced, I have written a step by step guide that shows you each step on how to replace your brush turbine gear. Here's a link to that repair if you need to do it:
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4530769-diagnosis_fix_hoover_steamvacs_when

Hope this helped you, please be sure to rate my repair or leave me feedback if you found this helpful, thanks so much!

Chris Jones
GoVacuum.com

May 01, 2010 | Hoover F5866-900 SteamVac Deluxe Wet/Dry...

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Does not pick up


Hi There,

It may be that your belt is broken, or stretched out. This will cause the brushes to slow down dramatically when vacuuming the carpets. When the belt stretches, this causes the machine not to pick up on the carpets, and makes it seem that the vacuum is loosing suction.

In order to test this, turn the vacuum on it's side while it's on. Are the brushes spinning? If they aren't, this is because your belt is broken. If the brushes are spinning, the belt still may be stretched. Listen to the brushes as you put them onto the carpet. Can you hear a change in the sound like the brushes are slowing down? If you put just a little pressure on the top of the vacuum by stepping on it, do the brushes stop then?

It may also be the filter is clogged in the machine and needs to be replaced. Bagless vacuums use a HEPA filter in the dirt cup instead of a bag. With a bagged vacuum you just replace the bag when it gets full, but on a bagless vacuum the HEPA filter continually gets debris and fine dust accumulating on it, and needs to be cleaned, and replaced occasionally.

Here's a link to the owners manual for your vacuum. This will explain step by step on how to replace the belt, as well as servicing the filter.

http://www.dirtdevil.com/manuals/?id=83831cab-2807-439b-811d-52aab2fd84ee

If you still need some help, please just use the comment field here on Fixya to ask your question. I'm always more then happy to answer all follow up questions, and I really am not completely satisfied until you are able to fix your vacuum.

If you found this repair helpful, please be so kind and rate the repair, or leave feedback. This is greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

Chris Jones
GoVacuum.com

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The brushes won't turn on my hoover steam vac dual v


Hi There,

Unfortunately the answer above is far from helpful. The filter has absolutely nothing to do with your brushes not spinning, and you can really replace the turbine yourself without having to take it into a shop to fix it. Here's a much more helpful diagnosing of how to check the brushes, and fix the turbine if needed.

There can be serveral things that may have gone wrong with your Hoover so that the brushes stop spinning. Unlike the other "expert" above I will walk you through step by step on how to diagnosis this problem, and fix it. Unfortunately there is no belt or band on this model, but instead it's actually a turbine assembly that drives this brush.

Possible Problem #1. Usually the most common problem when the brushes stop spinning is that the brushes have simply gotten clogged with something that is preventing them from spinning. Especially if you have pets in the home, this is a common problem. Here's how you can clean these brushes.

First, turn the machine upside down so that the brushes are facing upwards. Pull down on the upwards on the brushes and they will easily snap right out of the mahcine completely. . Use a pressurized water hose with spray nozzle is ideal) and spray each brush with water to dislodge any pet hair. You should be able to get these brushes spinning when you spray them. Spray each brush until the brushes are spinning pretty fast. Re-insert the brushes into the machine, and test to see if the cleaning has fixed your problem. It's important to make sure that the brush switch on the top of the machine is turned to "Rotating Brush Speed Hi", and that the handle of the machine is reclined down. There is an internal switch inside the machine that turns the brushes off when the machine is in the upright position, so you'll need to step on the handle release pedal to ensure that this switch is engaged. Hopefully the brushes just needed to be cleaned, and they will now work now that you have reinserted them. If this still didn't fix your problem, move on to the next possible problem.

Possible problem #2: If the cleaning didn't fix your problem, remove the brushes from the machine again. Once the brushes have been removed, the handle reclined, and the brush switch turned to fast, turn the machine on. Where the brushes were sitting you'll see a square shaped hole (pictured below) that the brush stem fits into that actually spins the brushes. This part should be spinning while the machine is on. Here's a picture of that part:


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If this part is not spinning, then your Turbine Gear Assembly has gone bad and needs to be replaced. If this part spins however, then this indicates that your brush block is gone bad, and needs to be replaced.

Here are links to the exact parts for your model that may need to be replaced:

Brush Block:
http://www.govacuum.com/hov2st6blpa4.html

Turbine Gear Assembly:
http://www.govacuum.com/hostretubrge.html

Here's also a link to a Fixya repair solution that I've done explaining step by step how to replace the turbine gear:
http://www.fixya.com/support/r4530769-diagnosis_fix_hoover_steamvacs_when

I hope this helped you, please be sure to rate the repair or leave feedback if you found this repair to be helpful.

Thanks so much,

Chris Jones
GoVacuum.com

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The spinscrub brushes won't spin when any pressure is applied to the machine. What is the reason for this?


There is an air inlet screen behind the brush indicator....if this is plugged with hair and debris, this will cause the brushes to stop spinning....also, if the mackine is upright or if the recovery tank is not in place, then the brushes will not spin.

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My status light came on, the vac beeped twice and stopped. I noticed my brushes weren't spinning. I took an eyeglass screwdriver and took off the center screw that holds on the brushes. I cleaned the shaft that the brushes spin on. replaced brushes and it works great! I just did this now and it is still running. my status light problem is fixed my roomba is 4 years old and I am on my 2nd battery. Seems to have fixed the problem. FYI it was wrapped with hair, dirt and it was greasy.

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Hoover sttem cleaner


The brushes spin by virtue of an air driven turbine. This turbine uses a little of the motor suction to turn a large fan which turns the brushes. If you look behind the clear glass window on the front right hand side of the machine, you will see a screen which acts as a filter to keep debris out of the turbine. If this screen becomes clogged, it will affect the flow of air to the turbine and the brushes will slow down or stop all togeather.
Also, if the lid of the recovery tank is not on correctly, the suction will be compromised and the brushes will not turn and the machine will not pick up water off the carpet.

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Brushes do not spin on my steam vac


We were having the same problem with the brushes not spinning.
How I fixed it:
I Removed the brush assembly by gently pulling on both sides of the assembly. I took a wide slotted screwdriver and inserted it into the slot (hole) that turns the brushes. At first it did not want to move. I GENTLY applied pressure by turning the screwdriver to get the gear to move and it began to move freely. I spun the gear a number of times using the screwdriver to make sure it was moving freely.

I reinstalled the brush assembly by aligning the gear that slides into the slot and gently pushing the clips back into place using equal pressure on both sides.

I plugged in the machine and the brushes now spin!

Good luck to everyone out there!

Jan 21, 2008 | Hoover F7222-900 SteamVac Upright Vacuum

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