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Need to open motor compartment

I can't see any screws where i could check or replace the motor. an electric smell. can't open the motor compartment.
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Re: need to open motor compartment

Use a flat blade screwdriver, The dusy compartemnt door will come off by pushing it back, it just pops out. Then the rear top cover is held on by a tab, one in each corner. Put the flat blat in the slot at the bottom of the cover and work it until it pops loose. Then there are 2 screws to tak out to remove the cover over the motor and cord reel asm. But now you can get to the motor.

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