The unit runs but the belt to the roller has broken. When I went to replace the belt I discovered the spindle that turns the belt is not turning. Is there a hidden belt that turns the spindle? What do I do here?
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If you hear the brush moter running then the belt driving the roller has probably broken. It can be easily replaced by removing the brush plate underneath and pulling the roller out. Replacement belts are available on-line or may be available in hardware stores.Fit the new belt over the steel motor spindle first, then place the belt over the roller and insert the roller.
The belt will break if the roller gets jammed, so buy 2 belts and keep one as a spare.
The number one cause of the "beater bar" (or brush roller) not rotating is a broken belt.
The number two cause of brushes not rotating is that something is jammed & wound around the roller, preventing it from rotating.
For the belt: If you
remove the screws holding the bottom plate, you should see one (or maybe two) short,
wide rubber belt(s) that goes around the roller.
If this is broken, it's easy to replace. They do break because of age
and wear. One of the leading causes of breakage is when the roller gets
something - a curtain cord, for example - wrapped around it. If you
don't immediately shut off the vacuum & remove the cord, the belt
will continue to try to turn the roller (which can't turn), and this
generates a lot of heat in just a few seconds.
You can find belts at places like Sears, Home Depot, or your local vacuum shop.
For just the roller: Turn the vacuum over on its side and inspect the roller. Will it turn? Can you see something wound around it that's jamming it? While you here, take a minute and clean the roller... including
using scissors or a knife to snip & remove wound hairs &
threads. A clean and healthy roller will help to keep your belt happy!
Just changed mine. I have a Turbo Force 6585. Flip it over and press with your fingers on clip #s 2,3 and 4 (This releases the cover over the roller brush - The clip locations are labeled on the plastic cover). Remove the cover - this will expose the brush , belt and drive motor spindle. Pull the roller straight out (note one side of the roller has a "square peg" - its pretty obvious but you need to align it when replacing. Remove the belt and replace the new one over the silver motor spindle first and then the roller. You will see the area or Pulley (it is part of the roller brush itself) to put it on it is fairly obvious where it goes. Use the roller to stretch the belt and insert the roller back in and replace the cover.
Note; There have been several complaints about belts breaking prematurely on these models - I used a Homecare No. 1145 that is made to fit Panasonic Upright, Belt type UB / UB8 - This belt is about an 1/8 longer (much less tension) than the supplied one and it hasn't broken yet - Considering the factory supplied belt broke in 3 uses, I really don't care what Bissell recomends as this has been a common complaint with this mode on forums. Hope this helps
If the Brushes don't rotate, & you have two brushes;
1). Turn unit on side. ( Make sure unit is up-pluged)
2). Rotate the front brush roller, if the second roller moves at same time,
3). Locate a small ribbed belt that goes from the further back roller, to a small ribbed pully. (Gates belt #177-3m5) ( on side under a clear cover)
The belt may not be broken, but may have carpet fuzz / lint covering the belt ribs, causing the belt to slip.
If that belt is OK and you find that the small pully doesn't turn the belt/rollers, the problem is with a small internal direct drive motor, that drives the brush rollers.
At this point return the unit, as Bissell has a design defect & is using cheap parts.
It's simple to tell if a belt has broken. Just switch the machine on and have a look (look, don't feel) to see if the brush roller is rotating. If it is, then the belt is not broken.
Depending on how much use your machine has had, it's quite likely that the brushes on the brush roller are worn to the point where you need a new brush roller. Most vacuum cleaners rely on rotation of the brush roller to pull them along, so if the bristles are too short this doesn't happen.
I hope this helps. Please remember to rate this response.
I had the same problem but I found that I had replaced belt incorrectly. After placing one end of belt around pully, it has to be run behind the "belt disengager" which looks like a 1/2" wide metal tab just past pulley. After placing belt correctly I had no more belt, burning smell or brush problems.
no only take the bottom off ,there will be three screws,take the belt put in over the shaft of the motor , loop it ,run it over the silver spindle to the brush assembly ,replace the brush in the slot that it came from,the belt now is over the motor shaft running over the spindle ,and over the brush assembly,replace the three screws and you should be good to go.