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How to change brushes in motor

I am struggling to acces the motor on my dc 05 in order that I can replace brushes

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  • AnnOminous Jan 08, 2011

    Excellent for dismantling the vac

  • AnnOminous Jan 08, 2011

    (repeat as part of message above didn't upload)
    Excellent for dismantling the vac and to get to the motor!
    But the brushes are sold naked... So the question remains:
    How do you extract the old ones from their plastic coat?

  • Samyfam
    Samyfam Jan 08, 2011

    There have been a few minor variations to the brush holder design over the years the motor has been produced, but in essence you cannot remove the brush holders from the motor.
    What you have to do is (carefully) bend open the top part of the metal sheath the brushes and springs slide up and down in, and remove the old ones from the open end.
    Fitting the new ones is then the reverse, but due to the longer length of new brushes, and new springs, it is a bit fiddly getting everything in place and holding it there whilst you bend the metal sheath back to its original position, but it can be done.

  • AnnOminous Mar 13, 2011

    Thanks Samyfam !
    I did exactly as you described and it worked perfectly.
    However as I'm not equipped to do any copper welding for the end bit of the wire, I had to deal with it in a different way from the original...
    The end of the brush wire goes through a V shaped slot on the upper copper sheath then turns at a right angle and is welded on the top of the sheath. To open the top sheath, you need to first bend open 2 small pegs that go through 2 little slots on either sides of the sheath and retain it. As the wire is longer than the original one, I guided it first through the V slot and then back through one of the holes and around and below the sheath on top of the spring before closing the whole thing again. It's not as neat as welding but the contact is as good and it's well secured.
    I'd recommend removing the wheels before reassembling. Otherwise, it's much more difficult and, especially, it makes it hard to check that the cord wheel is well aligned and positionned. If it's not so, it's impossible to have the 2 halves (lower and upper chassis) "sit snug with no gaps" as the guide says.
    All in all, it's the Paypal saga that took the longest time of the whole job..
    I also noticed that getting the parts, postage included, from UK was, at least twice cheaper than from Australia.

  • AnnOminous Mar 13, 2011

    Precision: Wherever I used the word 'sheath', I meant 'sheath lid' or 'cover' or 'the top part of the metal sheath' like Samyfam. Sorry! English is not my mother tongue although I do reside in Australia.
    Addition: The 2 wheels could not simply be pulled off of our DC05. Each was held by 4 nylon pegs ended like hooks (or shaped like a 1). Holding 2 adjacent 'hooks' pushed in with 2 small flat-head screwdrivers made it relatevely easy to pull the wheel off (the 2 other 'hooks' slipped in the hole naturally). This was done before reassembling the vacuum-cleaner.

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