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Smells like it is burning up when I use it!

Hello. I have a Whispertone Kenmore 23313. Wheneve I use it, it smells really bad - like burning rubber. Do you think the belt needs replacing or is there something wrong with the motor. It seems to have a vacuum, but I hate to use it because it smells up the house so badly!

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  • Anonymous Sep 27, 2008

    Probably time to buy new because of a noisy motor and smokes(?) or dust coming out of main canister. Would take it apart to replace motor brushes if I could find out how? Any help on doing this before I spend $400 for a new one? Bill



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You should unplug the machine, then remove the plate that covers the beater bar. Remove all debris from the beater bar, (strings, hair, etc.) and insure the belt is in proper position. If you have run it very long out of proper position, it may require replacement. Next before you put it back together remove any debis that may have collected in the intake behind the bar. You can also lubricate the bar with machine oil or WD-40.

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