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FAN PROBLEM??? good morning! my vacuum smells like burnt rubber (fan perhaps) but I can't find how to get into main part of the vacuum. it's just very rounded with no latches or screws to get inside where the motor, belts and fans would be located. can you help me? thank you

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There isn't any belts, and the fan wouldn't be rubber, so not sure what you are smelling. Maybe this picture will help you.


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