Question about Hoover Company Wind Tunnel U53019 Upright Vacuum

2 Answers

Belt slipping Belt slips off and rubs causing burning smell from the belt over heating. Of course this puts an indent into the belt and has to be replaced. How do I keep the belt from slipping off? I see no place for a belt adjustment. Which I know would eliminate the problem. Really aggravating to have to replace belt only after two uses.

Posted by on

2 Answers

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.


    Uploaded 5 video answers.

  • Expert
  • 152 Answers
Re: belt slipping

On the roller/brush where the belt sits if that is scarred up or grooved out that will cause the belt to slip if you can fix roller try but i suggest new roller

Posted on Jan 06, 2008

  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

  • Contributor
  • 1 Answer
Re: belt slipping

Get some belt dressing from an autoparts store. With gloves on and the belt cover off spray on the corner of a rag (or equivelant)and carefully turn the vacuume on for 3-4 seconds while holding sprayed area of rag on the drive surface of the belt avoiding getting your fingers or the rag caught in the drive rollers. Repeat for best results. This may help clean burnt rubber off belt and give fresh surface for better belt/motor pinion/brush reaquaintment. Did this to our Bissel Velocity Widepath. Had same problem. Great performance after belt dressing was applied. If that sounds too dangerous for ya, get a new belt and pretreat it prior to install. Be shure to remove burnt rubber from brush.
Happy Vacuumin'

Posted on Jun 30, 2008

Add Your Answer

0 characters

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add


3 Points

Related Questions:

1 Answer

Eureka maxima vacuum smokes and smells like rubber burning..whats wrong with it..the brush turns but seems like its blowing outwards too

when you get a burning rubber smell, the drive belt is usually slipping on the motor due to friction on the brushes. Remove the belt and free all the tangled hair to allow the brushes to rotate very easily and then put a new belt on.

Jun 03, 2015 | Eureka Vacuums

1 Answer

Burning smell and noise from vacuum

The roller head may be turning, but something could be rubbing and causing the belt to slip slightly. I'd remove the belt and beater bar and look for foreign material that is stuck

Jan 07, 2015 | Sebo ET-1 Powerhead White

1 Answer

Burning smell Kenmore 50558

If the burning smell is an electrical smell it could be motor or wiring problems which are best handled by a professional. If it smells like burning rubber it is probably the belt. If it smells like burnt wood it could be the belt slipping on the brush roll, if the brush roll is made of wood. Dust and debris can also accumulate behind the end caps of the brush roll causing friction which can cause a burning wood smell.

Mar 30, 2014 | Kenmore 5055, 50557 and 50558...

1 Answer

Wont move forward or backwards

Generally the belt is probably stretched and needs replacing but I have had several that required modifying the height adjustment assembly. Belt should be a bit of a fight to stretch and get the brush block back in properly to maintain resistance. The higher carpet causes the belt to slip and can even cause burn/wear from the motor shaft spinning in one spot. Sometimes people run them and burn through and break the belt. Generally you smell rubber burning if belt is slipping and burning. The height adjustment modification was a last resort and not easy! Not for the average person! Another post tells how to modify but better be handy!

Dec 07, 2013 | Hoover Vacuums

1 Answer

My Kenmore model 116 33300300C smells like burning when we use it. The bag has been replaced

If it is a burning rubber smell it may be the belt slipping. Make sure your brushes are clean and spin freely and then put the belt back on and see if that helps.

Apr 05, 2011 | Vacuums

1 Answer

When running it smells like something is burning


If it smells like burning rubber, then your belt is probably slipping due to having lost tension and needs to be replaced. If it's another smell, it could be the motor burning out, but that is often accompanied by smoke. There could also be something caught around the revolving brushes in the cleaning head. Lie the vacuum on it's side and make sure you can spin the brushbar freely by hand. Also check for any debris entangled in or obstructing the brushes. This would also cause the belt to slip resulting in a smell of burning rubber. It could also damage the motor so I suggest not using the vacuum until the source of the fault has been determined.

Instructions on replacing the belt can be found in your user manual. If you don't have one or need further instruction on how to do this, please post back for further assistance.


Nov 25, 2010 | Eureka Capture Upright Vacuum Vacuum

1 Answer

My miele s571 hoover is humming from a normal sound to a real low hum sound and their is a smell of burning it even through my smoke alarms off what would be wrong or is it worth fixing

It could just be a slipping belt, hair and lint get under the belt and make it stretch the it slips and the spinning drive post heats it up until it starts burning.

Jun 14, 2010 | Miele S318 Bagged Canister Vacuum

1 Answer

I have a windtunnel vacum cleaner. When I

It might be a slipping rubber belt, is the brush roller moving when you look underneath? If it's a self propelled machine there might be another slipping belt. Friction from fast rubbing rubber can smell like it is burning.

Jan 16, 2010 | Hoover Company Wind Tunnel U53019 Upright...

2 Answers

Hoover mach 4 burning smell

There are two reason you could be smelling a burning smell-
1. The belt is too stretched out and needs to be replaced. This causes it to slip when the vacuum is on and will create that type smell. You can avoid stretching and having to replace the belt to often by releasing the belt after each vacuum.

2. There may be hair or other debris stuck around the rod that the belt is attached to. Can be avoided by checking after vacuuming.

Hope this helps

Nov 12, 2008 | Hoover Vacuums

1 Answer

Belts Burning

Yes, replace the brush roll, the ends or end is probably bad and causing the belt to slip and burn up.

May 11, 2008 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

Not finding what you are looking for?
Hoover Company Wind Tunnel U53019 Upright Vacuum Logo

528 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Hoover Vacuums Experts


Level 3 Expert

18258 Answers

Roger Potts

Level 3 Expert

694 Answers

Ryan S
Ryan S

Level 2 Expert

328 Answers

Are you a Hoover Vacuum Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides