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Burning smell and smoke

I used my Eureka Upright Altima vacuum yesterday as usual and I started to smell burning. I turned the vacuum off and say smoke. I checked the belt, the dust cup is clean and nothing appears to be clogging the hose. Please advise.

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Re: Burning smell and smoke

I ran into a scenario similar to this at work. With the burning smell and smoke combined, it leaves only one problem remaining; the motor. The motor and the pulley that enables the belt to spin could be malfunctioning (causing friction between the 2 parts) and thus causes the burning smell and the smoke. I'd highly advise not to touch either part after having the unit on (YOU WILL BURN YOURSELF).

The only other likely possibility is to make sure there aren't any hairs caught in or around the motor and the bearings of the agitator.

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Re: Burning smell and smoke

When you turn it the belt turning the brushes? Something may be caught causing the brushes to stick and the belt to just grind the brush assembly.

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