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Broken upright locking mechanism

This machine has a locking mechanism that locks it into the upright position. Yesterday this broke and a small piece of plastic flew off. I know I can buy replacement feet but having taken the foot off it does not look damaged, is there anywhere else I should look.

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  • Just Me Here Aug 03, 2008

    I have a Biselle 3760-1 and my son ran into the vacuum cleaner in the dark and I have the same problem in that there were small pieces of plastic on the floor and the unit will not lock in the upright position. If is is a pedal problem, where do I purchase a replacement as this should be cheaper than bringing it to a service center. My internet search found no replacement pedals.

  • Anonymous Aug 06, 2008

    Eureka 4870 the locking mechanism that keeps the handle portion of the show upright is broken. A little piece of plastic from the foot pedal must be gone and the foot pedal doesn't seem to want to hold the handle in place.



    Would love to order the part and get instructions for repair.

  • Mike6490 Aug 14, 2008

    Same problem with a Sharp 12txt7. The pedal does not engage or hold. How can it be fixed?

  • jburlis Nov 26, 2008

    Same problem here... sounds like a bad design! Great vacuum though.

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I need to know what brand the vacuum is. Various brands have different ways of locking the handle, but most incorporate a pedal that engages the handle. It sounds like you will have to replace the pedal. I hope it's not the handle portion. That becomes more complicated and expensive to replace.

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