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Brush does not spin

How do I know if it is a belt
or lack of power reaching device?
If belt,
how do you replace it?

kenmore powermate whispertone 300

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Re: brush does not spin

Definetley the belt if its the cannister vac like mine there is 2 screws on the bottom towards the back wheels take em out. on the side u have to pry open gently on the back side as well the top should come off and you should see a w plastic shroud around the roller there is a clip latch take the shroud off theres the belt

if not cannister vac on underneath the cover should have 4 or 5 little screws take em out under cover is the belt

hope that helps. gl

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The problem started when i sucked a corner of a rug,now it will not **** very much at all??Kenmore upright progressive

This definitely sounds like your belt is broken. The belt is the part that is attached to the motor at one end, and to the roller brush at the other end. If something gets vacuumed up into the brushes that prevents the brushes from spinning, the motor will continue to try to spin the belt, and the motor shaft will then burn right through the belt, or cause the belt to fall off the motor shaft, preventing the brushes from spinning. On an upright vacuum cleaner, if the brushes are not spinning, it will seem like the vacuum cleaner is not sucking well, but in fact the brushes are just not spinning.

To see if the belt is your problem, while the vacuum is plugged, in turn the machine upside down so that the brushes are facing upwards. Make sure that if your machine has a rug/ floor setting that it's set to carpet mode, and now turn the machine on. Does the brush spin? If no, then this is because the belt has either broken, or stretched out so much that it no longer can spin the brushes.

Here's a link to the owners manual for your Kenmore that will walk you through, step by step on how to to replace the belt.

I have also uploaded the instruction manual to the main page on Fixya for your Kenmore 34612.

I really hope this helped you. If it did, please help other people who have this vacuum be able to find this repair on Fixya by rating the repair helpful. You may do this by clicking the 4 thumbs up icons in the right hand corner of the repair. If you have any questions about how to replace the belt, or if the belt is ok and something else is wrong, please just use the clarification request form here on Fixya, and I'll be happy to answer any follow up questions that you may have.

Thanks again,

Chris J.

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I have a whispertone vacuum, different model #, but maybe instructions will be the same. Turns out I didn't need a new belt, just clean out the crud and reset overload protector. The instructions in the manual tell you to remove the light cover and bulb first. To do this, press in and lift both sides. Push in and turn bulb counterclockwise to remove. (you need to do this because the next step involves turning the unit over). This takes you to
Step 2. Unscrew the cover screws ( on either side of bulb).
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Clean as much debris, hair etc as possible out of the unit. If you have a can of air like the type used to clean computer key boards, blow out the area and the motor if possible. Do this in a ventilated area or somewhere where it will not mess up your house.

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