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Royal Dirt Devil Model 087900 no self propel


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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  • Anonymous Jan 20, 2009

    dirt devil # 087500. will self propel backwards fine. will not go forward. motor is all electric. (no rods connected to actuators) i guess there is a switch in the handle that may have gone bad. any leads on where to get this switch? thanks

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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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