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Roomba Discovery My Roomba turns on and moves but the brushes won't turn. Someone told me that I had forgotten to put in the yellow and black end bearings, but I did. Help, I miss my Roomba

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Re: Roomba Discovery

The plastic gears that drive the sweep brushes strip out easily on these. You can get the company to repair it for you but they make it a big hassle. I opted to buy the gear set on EBAY and replace them myself.

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

Re: Roomba Discovery

Make sure the brushes are in the square slots on the sides correctly. My brushes were not in correctly and it actually kind of stripped the squares, making them oval. This caused the brushes not to turn and the vacuum would not pick up. My husband sort of carved out the extra plastic and made it square again and it worked. Good luck

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

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My Roomba brushes are not rotating!

Is the yellow plastic bearing in and turning freely - or is there hair caught around it stopping it from moving? And is the other end of the brush (with the square peg) mounted properly?

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What are these 2 blinking lights on my irobot roomba?

"The Charge Indicator Light is located immediately to the right of the power button on Roomba Red and Roomba (sage). On Roomba Discovery and Discovery SE, the Charge Indicator Light is incorporated into the power button. Please refer to the table below to determine what the Charge Indicator Light is telling you.

* Pulsing Amber - Charging
* Green - Fully Charged
* Amber - Partially Discharged
* Red - Almost Fully Discharged
* Flashing Red - Fully Discharged"
At the end of a cleaning mission, Roomba will tell you if it has successfully completed it's mission or not:


YELLOW = MISSION ABANDONED (Check robot's brushes, etc.)


number of beeps after ?uh-oh? :

No beeps: A wheel is stuck or is not touching the ground. Pick up the robot, place it down securely on the floor and touch the clean button to restart the cycle.

1 beep: The main brushes cannot turn. Turn over Roomba and remove the brush guard by pushing the two yellow tabs. Remove the brushes, clear any obstructions, and replace them again.

2 beeps: The side brush cannot turn. Turn over Roomba. Look to see if something is wrapped around the side brush. Remove the side brush with a screw driver and check for string or hair that may be wrapped around it.

3 beeps: The vacuum cannot run Remove and empty Roomba?s bin.

4 beeps: A wheel motor cannot run Your Roomba may be stuck or something may be wrapped around a wheel. Look for something wrapped around the wheels. Push them in and out and make sure they turn easily.

5 beeps: The cliff sensors have failed or are blocked. Turn over Roomba and clear any debris that might be caught underneath the front bumper in the cliff sensors. You can also use compressed air to clean them out.

6 beeps: Wheel obstruction or robot attempting to drive over an obstacle. Turn over Roomba and remove any obstructions that prevent the wheels from seating all the way up into Roomba?s body. Also, remove any obstacles that Roomba could drive over.

7 or 8 beeps: Not applicable Roomba?s beep codes do not include 7 or 8 beeps. If you are getting an error with 7 or 8 beeps, try counting again or contact iRobot Customer Care.

9 beeps: Sensor error Please contact iRobot Customer Care.

10 beeps: Roomba is stuck Pick up Roomba and start it again somewhere else. Use a virtual wall or other barrier to keep Roomba away from the
place it got stuck.

Your Roomba may be experiencing an issue where the battery is deeply discharged and may need to charge longer than the standard 3 hours. (or 7 hours if you have a standard charger)

Even with the charging light showing green (this indicates a fully charged battery) the robot is still charging. If your Roomba exhibits behavior where it charges for a short time then runs for a short time you will need to do the following.

1. Plug the charger into Roomba (if you have a home base be sure to plug directly into Roomba instead of using the home base, this will ensure the robot's charging cycle is not interrupted.)

2. After the Roomba's charging indicator goes to solid green please keep the Roomba on the charger for an additional 72 hours. (3 days)

3. After the 72 hours (3 days) has passed, turn your Roomba on and begin a normal cleaning cycle. If this works successfully it may take several uses for the battery to get back up to the performance it once had.

If this does not correct the problem, please call customer support at 877-855-8593

Nov 22, 2012 | Vacuums

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Roomba does not fill upper tray.

brushes are not turning, you can see this if you remove dust bin and start the roomba, remove brushes clean thoroughly removing yellow end pieces as well to remove trapped hair, re inbstall brushes and turn manually about 20 turns and re try cleaning, try this a couple of times

Jul 06, 2010 | iRobot Roomba 530 Robotic Vacuum

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Brushes don't turn

they might be jammed up.pull brush rollers out. pull off funny looking yellow ends clean out hair ect.

Jun 28, 2010 | iRobot Roomba Discovery SE Bagless Robotic...

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Throughly cleaned roomba of dog hair, including taking off gears. After putting back together the brushes no longer move. Any suggestions

try turning manually about 20 turns and re try, might have to do a couple of times, make sure no hair caught under yellow tips

Jan 02, 2010 | iRobot Roomba 560 Robotic Vacuum

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IRobot not picking up dirt

try to replace the filter, that should work.

Feb 23, 2009 | iRobot Roomba 530 Robotic Vacuum

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Roomba Discovery wiggles back and forth and turns over and over

No matter your model Roomba, this occurs when Roomba has gone "crazy." Its brain is no longer working properly and you can usually tell this when you've cleaned the dickens out of it a few times and the behavior is still the same. There's only one possible user fix and that is to take out the battery, hold down the power button for 20-30 seconds then reinsert the battery.

If that doesn't do the trick, IRobot might send you something called an Ozmo which you put in the data port to rewrite Roomba's brain. Unfortunately this requires it to be under warranty unless you get lucky. Good luck, all!

Jul 12, 2008 | Roomba Robotic Floor Bagless Vacuum

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Roomba wheel -- stuck

I had a similar problem, I just took my Roomba Red apart and put it back together about four times before I fixed it.  In my case it turned out to be a dirty sensor, fixed as described at

Before you open it up I recommend following the diagnostic tests to see if its a physical problem (bad motor belt, hair stuck around the wheel) or a sensor problem (dirt makes Roomba think it is stuck when it isn't).  If you follow the diagnostics one of them will move the Roomba wheels while ignoring the sensors; if the wheels move fine then you probably have a sensor problem.

-- Ben

Jul 10, 2008 | Roomba Robotic Floor Bagless Vacuum

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Irobot moving slowly

Try running th roomba with the dust bin removed to see if the main brush is turning, if not it could be an issue with the gears being stripped in the brush motor assembly or inside the brush compartment holder. If the gears are fine the brush motor itself may be blown. A new one is about $30.00.

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