Hi, I bought the (appropriate) replacement belt for a DirtFINDER (not self-propelled) but don't know how to put it on correctly as a) the belt was broken when I removed the cover plate, b) I've never in my life looked at the 'inside' of a vacuum cleaner, and c) the machine is a couple of years old and the manual is long lost.
Thanks for any help!
I have the Kenmore 34723 Grab-N-Go Upright Vacuum. It has two screws on the superior surface of the flat part of the bottom section. They say something like Quick Belt Check Lock/Unlock. When you turn both of the screws using a flathead screwdriver to the unlock position the screws become a bit loose but nothing happens. I flipped it upside down trying to figure out how to remove the bottom spent a half hour doing that and then an hour on the net trying to find a manual or explanation. When I went away a couple of hours and then came back I realized that I was making it too hard. the screws were present on the top part of the piece because it was the top part that will pop off. Basically I used my fingernail to pry the blue fiberglass piece away from the black plastic piece on the front, and Walaa! The blue fiberglass popped off. At that point you are able to see that the belt wraps around the brush and passes backwards to hook onto a metal rod that sticks out on the right. Mine had actually just slipped off and so I reset it. You need to slide the brush up out of the groove it is in in order to do this. When you put it back into the groove make sure it is the same way you got it out.
Then just press the blue fiberglass back on and tighten the screws. I think after figuring out how to take the top off the hardest part of the procedure is figuring out how to put the screws back the way they were. Note the screws don't come out all the way, just partially, so don't force it. The problem arises because the screws only go in one way and will spin around and not catch if you do it wrong.
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Re: No manual - how to replace belt?
Well you didn't give brand or model number, but the belt goes around the one end of the brush roll and the other stretches to go over the motor shaft or pulley. Make sure that both ends of the brush roll turn freely, if not, then replace it also.
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To change the belts, make sure the vacuum is not plugged in. Lay it upside down and remove the screws holding the bottom plate on. Remove the bottom plate, pull the brush roll out noting how the belt goes so you will know how to put it back together. Especially how it goes around the idler pulley. Remove both belts, replace both belts, install the V belt onto the transmission first then around the brush roll and put the brush roll in place. Install the flat belt around the motor shaft and then onto the transmission pulley.
Flip the machine upside down and remove the four screws from the baseplate. Replacement should be fairly self-explanatory from there. If it's a self-propel model, note that the v-belt in the front WILL look loose normally, so it does not usually require replacement.
If you have a self propelled model, the belt you need ends in 035, if it's non self propelled it ends in 033.
Contact me if you need more assistance in changing the belt.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=647063 Generic problem for all Vacuums Install self propelled belt Posted by wmtp on Jun 04, 2008 Install self propelled belt Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Usually the self propelled vacuum have 2 belts and you should replace them both 2 the same time 1st the self propelled belt and then the brushroll belt. Normally you would hook the belt on the pulley side of the brushroll or self propelled unit and then stretch the belt onto the motor pulley side of the motor using a belt puller or a screwdriver with a bend on the end for pulling and or stretching either belt onto the motor pulley. If you have a problem please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer. So 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. Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=40544&thid=641399 Installing belt on Hoover self propelled upright... Posted by Fryeburger on Jun 02, 2008 Need help installing belt on Hoover self propelled upright vacuum Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Hoover Ultra U6430-900 Wind Tunnel Bagged Upright. The best way to install the belt on a Hoover to replace one or both of the belts @ the same time for the best cleaning. The average belt change is every 4 to 6 months for best results. There is a tool that looks like a screwdriver that has a right or left angle on the end that serves as a belt puller and to hook the belt(s) onto the brushroll 1st and then take your puller and then pull or stretch the belt onto the motor pulley. So 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. http://www.hoover.com Telephone Contact our Customer Service Department at 1.330.499.9499 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. EST http://www.a-1vacuum.com/1-800-657-1874Customer Service Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=40485&thid=619779 Brush won't turn and self propel doesn't work (by 2 users) Posted by brucelk on May 24, 2008 I have replaced both the v-belt and the larger belt with Hoover brand belts and the brushes still don't turn properly and the self-propel function doesn't work. It seems that when I lower the handle all the way down toward the floor it works fine, but no one can vacuum this way. Is there an adjustment to belts to tighten them up? Otherwise I have to get it in to the only repair shop in town which is an hour's drive.X This Problem has been added to the Share Your Expertise Page under "My Work Queue". OK 1 Other User Has the Same ProblemComment by chartsell, posted on May 29, 2008I have replaced both the belts as well. I have tightened the screws as someone else as suggested. The brush still will not turn unless you lower the handle almost to the ground.Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure.Hoover U6437-900 / U6439-900 Windtunnel Vacuum. It is not so much the belts, the 2 belts are only part of the solution. The average belt change is every 4 to 6 months as a rule and to change them @ the same time. The Hoover Self-Propelled works on when the handle is lower to a comfortable position then the self-propelled drive may just need and adjustment. There is a self-propelled rod that controls the self-propelled feature and it either needs adjustment or replacement or the part that hold it may be broken but either one can be fixed. So feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer with questions. So 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. http://www.hoover.com Telephone Contact our Customer Service Department at 1.330.499.9499 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. EST Thanks, Don the Vac Man Go Ahead. Use Us.