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Electrical problem I have an electrical problem with the above cleaner. My wife recently extended the power cable by yanking it out of the reeling mechanism too violently. The cleaner stopped there and then. I suspect that the cable has become disconnected inside the cleaner and I would be grateful for information as to how I can mend this problem. Nigel

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May have broken the cord, in which case you will probably have to repace the reel cord asm. But you will have to take it apart to find out. Take off the bumper that gores around the cannister, there are 3 or 4 clips that hold the two halfs together.

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