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Belts keep burning up

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

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  • morfe Feb 18, 2008

    Thanks for your fix ya solution, I removed the agitator roller and lubed the bearings, installed a new hoover belt and it seems to be ok now. Thanks again for your fast response on my request.

  • dubbs999 Feb 22, 2008

    i have a dirt devil cruiser i change the belt turn it on and it burns through right away. The roller seems fine but the motor end the shaft seems rough from surface rust. Is there supposed to be something on that shaft before you put the belt on? Or should i use some emery cloth to polish the shaft . Any help would be great

  • Anonymous Feb 23, 2008

    vacuum won't pick up any dirt t all

  • crissy0399 Sep 21, 2008

    i need instructions i cannot even take off screws to replce the belt

  • Anonymous Mar 15, 2014

    belt keeps burning



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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!

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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.

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Belt keeps burning and breaking

Hello There,

It sounds like you need to replace the roller brush. If your Bissell is breaking belts that fast, then that can only really mean one of two things. The first being that the belts are not being properly installed, and the roller brush is pinching the belt which causes the belt to break, but after 3 belts I doubt this to be the case.

Probably the more likely problem is that the brush roller's bearing have seized up. You may test this by removing the roller brush from the vacuum, and holding it with on your two pointer fingers holding the outside bearing caps of the brush, making sure not to touch the actual part that spins. Now try to spin the brush while holding the bearing caps with your pointer fingers. The brush should spin freely, and should revolve around 5-6 times with each spin. If the brush doesn't spin easily, then this is going to put a lot more stress on the belt.

You may try to remove the bearing caps on the ends by twisting them off, and visually inspect each side to make sure there is no hair or thread that's lodged inside the bearing cap. This will make the brush hard to spin, and can cause you to burn belts quickly like you have been. You may find the bearing caps will not come off. This indicates that your brush roll has worn out the bearings completely, and the bearing caps have melted to the bearings due to extreme heat. You will then need to replace the roller brush if this is the case, and it maybe the best solution for you if you have burned through 3 belts so quickly.

The roller brush for your Bissell (I'm assuming this is yours as this is where the repair was posted on Fixya) 6594 PowerForce upright uses Bissell roller brush part number; 203-1195. Here's a link if you need to purchase one;

I have uploaded the parts schematic and owners manual to the main Fixya page for your model as well. Sometimes it can take 24 hours for Fixya to publish this data, but please visit the link to these documents in 24 hours or less;

If your roller brush is good, then examine where the brush rests inside of the vacuum cleaner, this is called the agitator housing. Look at the sides of the agitator housing where the bearing caps rest. Do you see any visible damage on either side? Sometimes the brush can get so hot, it may melt the agitator housing on the sides where the brush rests, this will also cause the belts to burn very quickly.

I hope that this information is helpful to you. If none of these suggestions fixed your vacuum, please just add a comment, or request a clarification request here on Fixya, and I'll be happy to respond. If this was helpful, please be sure to rate the repair by clicking on the 4 thumbs up icons in the upper right hand corner.

Thank you,

Chris J.

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Nov 03, 2009 | Bissell 6594 PowerForce Bagless Upright...

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Why are new belts breaking immediately?

Could be the brush has resistance..
While the new belt is in place - spin the brush by hand.. The brush should spin reasonably freely..
If not - take the brush out and inspect it.. Be sure the ends are not jammed and you can snin them easily.. If not - replace the brush..
PS - the belt goes in one way.. If inside-out - it will not last as long..
Directions on packageing..

Hope this helps !!
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