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Also have a Kenmore Model 116. Power retractor not holding cord

When pulled out to any specific length. Always wants to pull the cord back into housing. Would like to open the housing to see what might be wrong, but without a Owner's Manual can't determine how this is done (no screws to remove) ?
Anyone know how to open these ? ?

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The cord winder on these is spring loaded and has cog which is meant to lock with every full rotation of the spool the cord winds onto. It is tricky to work on.
Try pulling a bit more slowly and see if the rewind will stop.
The back housing on top of the vac needs to be removed to access the rewind. The housing snaps into place at the back corners, generally must be carefully pried and popped off by someone familiar with the vac. Some models may also have 2 screws under the lid in the bag area.

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http://www.sears.com/ Customer Service 1-800-4-MY-HOME 1-800-469-4663
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