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Model 8975-C - broken foot lever

Model 8975-C
the foot lever that holds the vacuum upright is broken [small plastic bent lever has snapped off].
Can it be replaced by me or do I have to go to a service depot? And where would I get such a part?
Is there an exploded view with part numbers somewhere online?

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I'm fairly upset with Bissell over this issue and considering switching to a better brand after constantly having to replace this item on every vacuum of theirs I've had. It is shocking that they would have a part that gets stomped by your foot and jerked with the entire weight of the vacuum made out of cheap plastic. The curved piece acts like a spring to hold the vacuum upright. Can you imagine a curved leaf spring made out of plastic?? In any case, they call this an "internal part" and therefore not user serviceable. You have to call their 800 number to get a dealer local to you, usually a sewing and vacuum place, and then get them to sell you the part. Otherwise, you are going to have to take the vacuum to them and have the dealer replace it.

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You have not listed a brand. You can google or search manufacturers repair parts on line with a brand and model.
Release pedals are generally spring loaded with a metal clamp inside the body. They are relatively easy to replace by removing the bottom plate on most vacs. Pay attention to how the original spring is loaded. Do not remove the old one til you have the new part in hand.

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    You have not listed a brand. You can google or search manufacturers repair parts on line with a brand and model.
    Release pedals are generally spring loaded with a metal clamp inside the body. They are relatively easy to replace by removing the bottom plate on most vacs. Pay attention to how the original spring is loaded. Do not remove the old one til you have the new part in hand.

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