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How do I replace the drive belt on a kirby G4? Actually the belt is already replaced I just need to know how to reattach that front part back onto the main vacuum. HELP

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Greetings from GoVacuum,

Here's a video we shot showing you in detail how to install a belt properly, and how to reattach the head properly. I hope this helps you;


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