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Low suction with Eureka Whirlwind 4481 Upright

Low suction. How do I open it to check the tubes for debris? Can i order a manual?

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Most times it is plugged at the inlet. There 2 screw on top, one on each side, in one of the holes or slots. Take top cover off, then check that inlet and hose to see if it is clogged there or not, you might replace the belt while you have cover off, part# 54312. I am sure it is stretched if it hasn't been replaced in a while. If the hose is clogged, the you will have to take off the handle, then the hose can be taken off so you can clear any clog in it.

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What filters do I use for this? does the Hf-9 work?

Hey, this is Jeremy with Crucial Vacuum,

Unfortunately, you did not include what kinda of vacuum you were trying to make sure the Eureka HF-9 filter was compatible with. Below I have compiled a list of all of the models that the HF-9 filter will work with for you.
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Look underneath where the brush roller is located. The brush roller is removed to replace the belt. The new belt is installed on the motor shaft and the brush roller then the brush roller is reinstalled

Jul 27, 2013 | Eureka Whirlwind 4481 Upright Vacuum

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Eureka Model Whirlwind litespeed. The rotart brush does not turn or rotate. Should it turn or rotate in order to give better suction?

Hello fnintel, yes, if you are using the upright vacuum it should spin, ( the belt likely slipped off, or the brush is clogged with hair and the likes.)
However, if you are using the hose on the vacuum like a shop vac, some models bypass the rotary brush.
Good luck!

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How do i replace the belt foe whirlwind vaccum

Remove 4 screws on top and top plate will lift up exposing the belt and roller. Make sure you remove hair and other debris before replacing.

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No suction

there is a clog somewhere :) take the canister off and check the opening and the hose. sometimes items get caught in the top of the canister.. this greatly reduces the whirlwind effect..

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I have the Eureka Whirlwind upright vacuum. All of a sudden there is no suction- the hose has suction but not main part. I have no idea- but the brush part is not turning??? should I get a new vacuum or...

If the belt isn't turning then it has snapped. Check the top of the hood for two or three crosshead screws; two at the front and one under neath by the left hand side if looking at the upright from the front. Its easy to fix if you take your time and you have a spare drive belt. Check EBAY in your country for spares.

After you put a new belt on make sure the roller beater is completely free of threads as this will keep the belt longer for running.

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I want to replace the belt on an upright eureka vacuum model 4481, any ideas?

I just replaced the belt on my 4481. Very simple. Be sure unit is unplugged. Unlock handle and let it lay down. Remove two screws on plastic cover. I purchased my belt at target for 2.54. Part number anywhere is Eureka U. Remove the roller brush. Loop belt around drive motor first and then around roller brush inserting the roller back into place belt side first. Replace cover and your ready to go. 10 min fix.

Jun 08, 2009 | Eureka Whirlwind 4481 Upright Vacuum

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How to change belt on Eureka Whirlwind

On the top cover, there are holes at the front on both sides, there is a screw on each side in one of the holes. Take the out, and the cover should come off, then you can get to the brush roll and belt.

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