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The motor has a large electrical arch and burns when it is turned on. Is there anything I can do to fix this?

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Usually there is some dirt that has gotten into the motor compartment and is making the brushes arc. You can make sure your vacuum is unplugged and lay it on it's back so you can see the bottom part of the vacuum where the roller is. There are about six screws in the bottom that need to come out. They are all the same length so you don't need to keep track of where they came from. When the screw are out the bottom will easily separate from the top. Now you can get a better look at what is going on and clean out the sand etc. If there is a lot of dust and dirt than your fan housing is probably worn out and may even have holes in it. If cleaning it out doesn't help than it requires more service than you can probably do and usually it costs too much to fix it unless you are really attached to the machine.

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