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Need to change the belt on my kirby model 519, assuming this is the problem since the beater bar is not turning and I can smell burning rubber

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The beater bar is jammed--usually from thread, string, and hair that is wound up on the bar and particularly on the bar end bearings. The bearings themselves usually require cleaning and re-oiling. The belt may be damaged sufficiently to require replacement as well. Make sure to install the new belt exactly as the old one came off. Make sure that the air passage from the bar area back into the machine is clear and passes air freely. Check the wheels for stuff wound up in the bearings. Hope this helps!

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Remover cover from the bottom of the power head or base if upright style. Usually just 2 to 4 screws.

You will see a belt (thick rubber band) connecting the beater bar (roller with brushes) to the motor. Remove the beater bar and belt. You do not need to remove the motor. The beater bar will be held by clamps and screws. Remove the screws and clamps and lift the beater bar directly up.

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Posted by mmetcalf on Apr 24, 2008
the vacuum turns on but wont run smells like burning rubber I took the bottom off and the belts don’t appear to be broken but the one connected to beater bar seems like it may be loose

Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure.
In answer to your question, the reason it smells like burning rubber is because the belt is too loose and it is burning the inside of the belt because it is to loose, the average belt change for a Kirby vacuum is every 4 to 6 months, the tighter the belt the better the cleaning and always use the genuine Kirby belts because they are designed to work with the Kirby, there are replacement belts that will work and are less but they are made to the correct size but Kirby vacuums always s work better with genuine parts. If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.
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www.A-1Vacuum.com 1-800-657-1874 If you cannot find a local dealer near you they can ship you the parts UPS.
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