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My vacuum is clogged again and the manual doesn't help.

My vacuum is clogged again and I want to learn how to find the clog. The manual does not help. Last time I took back to dealer but turnaround time to take, fix, and get it back is one week. I can do it myself. The blade moves fine.

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If it is clogged, it would be in the hose, or down by the brush roll. To check there, take off the bottom plate and check the lnlet. If in the hose, you have to use something to pull it out. Use a flashlight to see down the hose and see if you can see a clog or not.

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