Question about Hoover U5172900 Fold Away Widepath Bagless Upright Vacuum
The belt on my fold away keep burning up and breaking, plus the roller brush is noisy most times. I've replaced the belts several times and now ready to throw this hoover out
Have a Hoover WindTunnel model 5750-900 but suspect this would apply to other models. Kept breaking belts! Make absolutely sure the roller bearing are not bound up with hair or carpet fibers. Once beeter is out, both ends unscrew and you can remove any junk... hair! Be careful as there are round tension springs in both ends that tension the bearing in assemby. Just pay attention! It should spin on the bearings very nicely! Determined the height adjuster would not adjust high enough on the carpet and beater bar had way too much resistance! Think combination of suction and how far into carpet the beeter bar brush penetrates the carpet, even when it is max high carpet setting. Remove bottom as if replacing belt (4 phillips screws)! I removed the back wheel/height assemby (that is spring loaded but easy to remove and reinsert)) and sanded off about 1/16 inch on the end that determines height. You will see the height slider that you move back and forth from the top and the part on the wheel assemby that rides in the corregated slider height adjuster! Tilt wheel assembly up and then out to remove. Note where the tension spring inserts when removing! Once out sand off the end that rides in the corregated height adjuster! Must be released in vacuum postion to see the wheels move up and down when you move the slider! There is about 1/8 inch of molded plastic at the very end and appears not to be critical to any operation relative to thickness. Remove about 1/16 with some 120 grit sandpaper from the rounded end keeping the round contour. Pain to do, but haven't broken a belt since! Make absolutely sure you continually keep both end roller bearings clean! Do this bearing cleaning periodically even if not replacing belt or having a problem! Will save money on belts!
Posted on Mar 21, 2009
It sounds like you have a roller problem. This machine has a carbon fibre roller suspended on plastic end caps. When dirt and hair etc. gets in and damage the bearings, the belt will be the first thing to go. If the roller is noisy, that indicates that it is off centre and is rotating unevenly. You will probably have to replace the roller.
Take the belt off and rotate the roller slowly and observe the ends. If it is off balance, it will not rotate evenly. The plastic caps unscrew to reveal the brngs and usually you will find hair and other junk gumming up the works. If the roller is damaged, you will be able to see melted plastic and chards of carbon fibre there.
Posted on Feb 16, 2008
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