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Burning smell. i think the belt is broken. how do I fix it?

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Turn the power head over and you will see (2) screws. Remove the screws and the top cover will come off and you can get to the belt. Here is the belt you need:

Kenmore 23812 Belt

Posted on Feb 06, 2010

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is the brush turning?  remove any debris that is keeping it from rotating.  It does sound like the belt is burning because the motor is trying to turn it and the brush/sweeper is jammed.

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