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BEATER BAR OUR CLEANER IS ONE YEAR OLD AND HAS BECOME VERY NOISY WHEN THE BEATER BAR IS ON ... HAVE CHECKED THE BELT AND MOVEMENT OF THE ROLLER .. DOESN'T SEEM TO BE THE ISSUE. ANY SUGGESTIONS

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  • NH WOMAN Jan 31, 2008

    Thanks .. I ended up taking it for repair .. if he tells me it needs a new roller I will understand the reason. The belt was in good shape.

  • Nancy Brantner
    Nancy Brantner Mar 18, 2008

    My Kenmore is SO NOISY when the belt is on. It is so annoying that I don't even want to use it. Nothing is stuck in it and the belt looks good. Please help!!

  • ann a Mar 23, 2008

    I have the exact same problem. Did replacing the beater bar help?

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The newer models have plastic end caps that will melt when the bearing heats up. This will cause the cap to go "off-centre" and the roller will vibrate badly. If this is the case, you will have to replace the roller.
If the belt is a geared drive, check the belt for any missing teeth.

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