The best way to check to see if you need a belt on your vacuum cleaner of any brand is to flip it over and turn the brush on put on a glove that you would use for gardening or snow shoveling and press your palm against the brush if you can stop it with any amount of pressure the belt is bad and needs to be replaced. Just because the belt isn't broken doesn't mean it isn't stretched out and a streched out belt won't spin the brush on carpeting therfore not cleaning properly. Also it is a good idea once you remove the brush to make sure it spins freely hair and strings can collect in the bearings and freeze up the brush also burning up belts. You can get belts bags and just about anything else for you vacuum at www.stevessewandvac.com
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In order to know the right belts to use for your Hoover cleaner, you would need to get either the model number of your unit or the part number of the belt. Hoover upright model number can be found either at the back or at the bottom of the unit while the part number can be found in the manual that came with your vacuum or you can do a quick search online. You may also contact Hoover (800) 944-9200 for further assistance.
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1. Place handle in operating position and turn cleaner over.
2. To remove bottom plate, insert end of flat screwdriver into wide area of right-hand slot and push handle of screwdriver to the rear. Repeat in left-hand slot.
3. Lift extension of bottom plate, rotate plate and remove from cleaner body.
4. Remove agitator and broken agitator belt. (If belt is not broken but is stretched or cut, proceed with steps 7-10 and pull belt off motor pulley. Then continue with step 5.)
5. Slip agitator through new belt (with lettering toward outside of cleaner) and position belt in belt guide. Push end of belt into opening in cleaner body. Reposition agitator making sure to align flat sides of projection on belt end of agitator with flat sides of slot in cleaner body.
6. Place the three tabs on bottom plate into slots in front of cleaner body. Snap bottom plate into place over agitator.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=853508 Generic problem for all Vacuums New main belt alignment for Posted by donlee300 on July 29, 2008 New main belt alignment for Hoover Windtunnel Mach 6.1. Belt moves 1/4 inch towards of vacuum cleaner and will not stay aligned on the V convex guide pulley. Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. It is possible that you may have a broken or cracked motor mount and the motor has shifted and that could be the reason that the belt is not running straight and aligned properly – if you have the vacuum less than one year – something like this would be covered under the Hoover factory warranty and to contact an authorized Hoover vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or to call the Hoover factory cust serv @ the phone # listed below. 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.
http://geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=728341 Generic problem for all Vacuums I have a Hoover Vacuum Posted by Jimbob48 on Jul 01, 2008 I have a Hoover Vacuum Cleaner, Runabout Supreme, on which the belt has broken. I purchased a new belt, part number 38528-040. I need some instructions on how to install the replacement belt? Thank you.JBS Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. Usually there are screws, clips or levers on the bottom of the vacuum and you need to either remove the bottom plate and once you have taken the screws, etc. out the top cover will come off. And then you can proceed with the removal and the install of the new belt. 1st you need to remove @ least one end of the Hoover brushroll and take of the old belt and slide on a new belt. Once the belt is on the pulley side of the brushroll; then re-install the brushroll. Make sure that the brush is spinning freely B4 you install the new belt, then take a belt puller or a screwdriver with a left or right hand hook to use as a belt puller and then stretch the belt onto the motor pulley, then take and roll the belt until it is tracking straight and then re-install the top cover and or the bottom plate, tighten down the screws, levers or clips. So, 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.
Hoover steamvacs don't use belts. If the brushes are not turning, pull the brush block out, turn the machine on and see if the square hole where the brush block was, is turning. If not then the turbine is bad. Sometimes you can take the turbine apart and clean it out. most times I have found , replace it.
http://www.geeksquad.fixya.com/ThreadView.aspx?prdid=0&thid=543467 Generic problem for all Vacuums How two tighten belt on Posted by davidrosy on Apr 24, 2008
How two tighten belt on wide path foldaway vac Hello, I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. There really is no way to tighten the belt, the belt does need to be changed every 4 to 6 months as recommended by the factory manufacturer and to store any extra belts in a Ziploc bag in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. Your belt has stretched and therefore is not cleaning as well as it should, 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. I believe the Widepath is made by the Hoover Co and the phone # and website are listed below if I am correct. http://www.hoover.comTelephone 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.