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High pitched noise

I hadn't run my Hoover F5866900 for some time, it was stored inside the house though and when I went to turn it on, all it does is make this high-pitched noise. It has never done this before. Any suggestions? Thanks for your time.

John W.

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  • zinda Apr 27, 2008

    i had that problem and posted a solotion to it its not your motor bearing, if it was there will be a huge vibration throughout the entire vac. You have a problem with the round plastic device that the tools plug into on the left side its a turbo charger of sorts that the solution runs into and gets pressurized by an impeller that is in the flow of the suction and drives a fan like impeller [quite small] mounted on its shaft end, it is in the water dispensing flow path. This is not a well made device for the rpms its turning so failure is enevitable, poor alignment or as in my case foreign object gets inside the air impeller to cause mis alignment or small warpage of the all plastic housing and assembly. I saw no bearings just a brass bushing on one end of the entire assembly with nothing keeping it from moving slightly in or out, of course this is critical for perfect balance and proper clearance to work at high rpms. I took mine apart and cleaned it out calcium will destroy any steam cleaner made . I would suggest running a cup full of clr or = and after the solution starts to come out of jets turn it off and let it sit for a while to dissolve the buildup then run it through then flush the system with a coupla tanks of water, do thjis outside of in a bathtub, I'm sure it will quiet it down and restore the flow of solution. The motors on these vacs are bulletproof and the bearings are big and strong anlomg with the main drive saft I think it was at least 3/8" thick and the impeller it drives is aluminum so even if it takes a jolt the blade will bend way b4 the shaft will ever.

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It sounds like you may have a bearing problem. The motor bearing eventually gets damaged by the water vapor that is drawn in by the fan. This will cause a high pitch squeel from the motor. It is possible to replace the bearing, but it should be addressed by a professional techician.

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