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How to open case??

This may not be a 22313 unit, but I didn't know where else to file this request.

I have an old Kenmore canister with a stuck power cord retractor, so I need to open the main case (where all the goodies are). I don't know the model number because I had to replace a cracked bottom clamshell a few years back and the replacement doesn't have the model number plate. (I wrote down the model number then, but of course I can't find it. I think it's written INSIDE the clamshell.) All the canister says on top is "Powermate 4.1". Here's a photo.

I can pry out the corners marked "A" and that end of the cover starts to come off. But the corners marked "B" wrap around the bottom of the unit and I can't figure out how to pry them off without cracking something. How do you get the cover off of the motor compartment?

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  • cstrathmeyer Feb 04, 2008

    Sorry, no screws evident anywhere. The plastic clamshell must pop apart somehow, just a question of how and where.


  • cstrathmeyer Feb 10, 2008

    Located the model number: 116-264-1082. The official Kenmore exploded diagram does not show any screws for assembling the case parts!

  • cstrathmeyer Feb 10, 2008

    Found out how to open the case: Just have some courage and pry out at points A and B on both sides. Pry on points A and B at the same time on a given side until the clips molded into the top case wall release from the vacuum body. Then do the same on the other side. The top cover just lifts off, exposing the motor and cord reel.



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In an unsuccessful attempt to swap out the motor in a 12 Amp turquoise modeI curbed b/c some nut had Gorilla Glued the wheels on) with the motor from my 11 Amp maroon one with a broken (poorly designed button covering the switch that would turn itself off and on erratically so fell victim to inordinate persuasion) I was finally able to pry the top rear bonnet off my 11 Amp maroon model by aggressively flexing a long (for leverage) wide screwdriver at points A on both sides.
However, removing the back bonnet over the 12 Amp turquoise canister pretty much ruined it b/c there were two inaccessible screws inside the back which I broke the housings for but could possibly superglue if the motors had been compatible.

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I don't know this vacuum personally, but i'll take a stab at is. You're off to a good start prying around. There is most likely a coupld of screws holding things together somewhere. Check around the bottom and sides for holes where phillips screws may be lurking.

Hope this helps. Please rate this accordingly.

Good luck!

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