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Kenmore powermate front axle fell off

We just bought a Kenmore powermate (Model No. 116.27514700) but the front axle assembly fell off and I haven't managed to snap it back on.  Any advice?  Thank you!

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Re: Kenmore powermate front axle fell off

It will go on hard. Just angle it until you have it as far as you can go, then use maybe a hammer to knock it the rest of the way.

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Where can I get a manual for a powermate 4.1, model 116

You can either go to and look up your model there for it. Or you can go to "Manuals Online" and find one there. They can provide almost any manual to any appliance you have there.Good Luck and I wish you success fixing your Vacuum.

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look around on the outside of the vacuum probably around where the cord is .look for a round black cap that has ridges around the outside of it.sometimes they say fuse on the cap.i'm not sure if there is one on the inside or not

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Wish to remove bottom ofpowerhead-Kenmore Progressive 11629912990

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Step 3. Turn unit over. To remove cover, insert screwdriver at cover tabs on both sides and twist to release tabs.
Step. 4 Turn unit right side up. Press handle release pedal and lower the swivel. Tilt cover forward from back until front snaps free.
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Step 6. Remove worn belt.
Step 7. Slide brush supports off to check and clean brush support areas.

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Install new belt over motor drive, then over brush sprocket.
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Line up front of cover and base. Rest cover on front edge of base. Tilt cover to back. Press cover firmly until side tabs snap into place. Replace cover screws, light bulb and light cover.

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Kenmore Model 116 PowerMate Jr stopped working

If the roller brush is not spinning freely once you remove it from the Power Mate Jr., then I have discovered the solution! There are end caps at each end of the roller brush. They seem to be permanently attached, but they are not. There is an axle inside the roller that is permanently attached to one of the caps. Take two pairs of pliers, and grab each end cap with a pair of pliers. Then pull hard to take them off. Once they are off, you will find that there is a big glob of hair wrapped around the axle inside. Remove the hair. Then reassemble the brush by putting the end caps back on. Make sure, when you put the caps back, that they are aligned so that they will fit back into the slots on the Power Mate Jr. You have to push hard to get the caps back on, maybe tapping one of them with pliers.

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The axle for the rear wheels have worn into the cut outs in the body that it goes through and they are rubbing on the wheel wells. This common for this vacuum model , the only real fix is to replace the body assembly. Sears will have to do this, this is NOT somthing you want to tackle by your self.
As for the machine locking upright that is the release lever and it just needs to be replaced.

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I'm assuming that you have bought the new retractable cord assembly. If you have so, I believe the cord should retract going counter-clock wise (pulling it makes it spin clockwise).

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