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I have a self propelled Royal Dirt Devil vacuum model number 087900 and it goes backward fine but forward has to be pushed so hard it's impossible. Is this a switch? Do you know about how much the part would cost and can it be done by a beginner. We fix a lot of things ourselves but we aren't mechanics by no means. We put a brand new belt on it. I don't think it can be put on backwards and brush turns fine. Where is the switch? Use layman's terms.

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  • jandl63 Feb 29, 2008

    We put a new belt on it from the vacuum store and the brush works fine when you lay it on the side and watch it. It just won't go forward like something is pushing against it. Thanks for suggestions.

  • jandl63 Feb 29, 2008

    We took it apart and it looks like a cord (is this the cable?) and where and how do we adjust it Jim

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You might try a new belt and/or brush roll. The brush roll is what helps pull a vacuum forward, the power drive helps, but if the brush isn't turning like it should, then it will hinder forward motion. The belt may look ok, but they stretch to the point that under load they won't drive the brush roll.

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  • Lauren Junge
    Lauren Junge Feb 29, 2008

    on some models there is a 2nd belt, it is for the drive, on some that use a cable that runs from the handle to the drive unit, you can adjust the cable so that it moves both directions, so maybe it just needs to be adjusted. Without looking at it is hard to know exactly what the problem is.

  • Lauren Junge
    Lauren Junge Feb 29, 2008

    If this is a cable, then at the end is where there should be an adjustment to either loosen it or tighten it.

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