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Intermittent Power brush

I'm on my second Kenmore canister vac, and after a few years they have both had this problem. As you vacuum, the power brush is fine when you push it forward, but seems to die a little on the pull back. Almost like a connection is coming lose a little. Any suggestions of what I can do to fix, or tighten this? Thanks!!

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  • Lisa46062 Dec 18, 2007

    Thank you so much! I think it must have actually been the connector to the actual brush unit that was dirty, because cleaning those pins and the mating connector did the trick. (along with about a pound of lint from the inside or the unit)

    Thanks for your help!

  • Lisa46062 Dec 18, 2007

    Thanks - The leads all looked ok, so I think dirt must have been the root cause of the problem.

  • LilTip Feb 03, 2008

    I followed the advise of cleaning the 360° swivel metal rings and bending the three flexible contacts to eliminate the intermittent power of my canister vac. It seemed to reduce the intermittent failures, but not completely eliminate them when the hose is pulled to "drag" the canister around the floor. Are there any other suggestions before I look into replacing this part?

  • Lisa46062 Feb 05, 2008

    Just an update - it turned out that the actual wire leading into the push unit was cracked. Now I don't know what I can do - short of replacing the wire. That's a little over my head.


  • Lisa46062 Feb 07, 2008

    The wire that is cracked is the main power cord running down the metal shaft and into the carpet sweeper unit. I tried wrapping the cracked point with electrical tape, but that didn't really help correct the problem. Any tips? I don't know how it actually connects to the brush unit, so don't know if I can simply replace the cord, or if there is more involved.

    Thanks for any help you can offer. It's now very clean, and other than the electrical problem, working better than ever.



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Dirt gets inside and causes an intermitten problem on the hose where it connects with the canister there is a plastic cover where the three pins stick out. on the cover are two tabs on either side. press both tabs together and CAREFULLY pull cover off. on the hose are three rings,clean them off with a rag,then put a small amount of grease on them. with this done go to the cover. you will see a small part with the three pins. on top of the pins are flexable leads. CAREFULLY pull up on them,but not much,only a little. now clean the inside of the cover. now lets put it together. first take the small part with the pins and place it on the hose making sure that the flex leads match with the rings. now place cover over both til it snaps into place. BY GETERDUN

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  • Geterdun Dec 18, 2007

    sorry about the spelling

  • Geterdun Dec 18, 2007

    in the future please put down if vac is a canister or upright. also model numbers are important

  • Geterdun Feb 05, 2008

    LilTip, yes there is. 1) check the electrical contacts at the handle where it goes into the wand, 2) the contacts on the wand, 3) then the contacts from the wands to the power-mate. if any of them look brown in color then you may have some oxidation. you can try to clean it off with very fine sand paper. this might work, if not then just take it to sears

  • Geterdun Feb 06, 2008

    Lisa46062 Are the wires you talking about in the handle?

  • Geterdun Feb 07, 2008

    Lisa46062 Hi ! Not sure we can do this by just this web site. you may need to send me an email addr: or IM screen name, or phone #. It's up to you. You may want to go to first. click on parts,then put in your model #. A diagram will come up and all the parts are numbered. Then maybe you can show me exactly which part you are talking about and we can both be on together. If you are talking about the extension wand,there is a way to take it apart and fix it. It depends where on the wand the damage is.

    Let me know.


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I would first check where the hose attaches to the canister. There are 3 power leads; if one is bent, this might produce what you describe. You might even try wiggling this connection to see if it affects operation.

The other place you might see a problem is where the hose connects to the handle itself. There are 3 wires that attach from the hose. This is a bit tricky to remove as it's basically a force fit and take some effort to remove.

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