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Have a Hoover Steamvac F7410-900, the brushes don't spin anymore. Can hear the motor running. There is no visible debris and the lint screen is clean. Please HELP! I miss my steam cleaner. Thanx!

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Check to see if you can turn the brushes by hand, if not your bearings need service in your turbine assembly.Check aslo for proper suction at the instake standpipe under the lower tank. If it is the turbine, take it to a repair shop.

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