My roller brush won't turn. I took off the top to check it out, I have a new belt, and when I manually pull the belt it does turn the brush, but otherwise it won't turn, seems very stiff. The machine has excellent suction.
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the power head over so the bottom is facing up. On the bottom towards
the back there are two holes (one on each side) where you can get to the
access screws. Remove the two screws (you'll need a phillips
screwdriver). With the screws removed you can now remove the top cover
from the base by pulling out on the two clips on each side of the power
head. With the top cover removed you can get to the belt and roller
brush. If you need a belt for this model you can get it here:
The vacuum needs a new belt. Check the brush roller, if it turns easily without resitance, it needs a new belt. Get your model number off the back of the machine. It's on a sticker near the floor with UL logo on it. Go to Sears and gets some belts.
The roller drive belt may be stripped, worn partway through where it goes around the motor shaft, thrown off the motor shaft, or broken. Take the bottom plate off the carpet sweeper and have a look.
If the belt was damaged when the roller brush got stuck, then you get to replace it. On most of these, the easiest way is to put the new belt around the roller pulley, reinstall the roller, stretch the belt around the end of the motor shaft, then turn the motor by hand while pushing the belt on. If the motor also has a pulley on it, you may have to remove the motor screws to get enough slack on the belt, then pull the motor into place and put the screws back in.
have a whispertone vacuum, different model #, but maybe instructions
will be the same. Turns out I didn't need a new belt, just clean out
the crud and reset overload protector. The instructions in the manual
tell you to remove the light cover and bulb first. To do this, press in
and lift both sides. Push in and turn bulb counterclockwise to remove.
(you need to do this because the next step involves turning the unit
over). This takes you to
Step 2. Unscrew the cover screws ( on either side of bulb).
Step 3. Turn unit over. To remove cover, insert screwdriver at cover tabs on both sides and twist to release tabs.
Step. 4 Turn unit right side up. Press handle release pedal and lower
the swivel. Tilt cover forward from back until front snaps free.
Step 5. Carefully insert and twist screwdriver at each brush support to free brush from base.
Step 6. Remove worn belt.
Step 7. Slide brush supports off to check and clean brush support areas.
To replace belt: slide washers and brush supports onto brush assembly.
Install new belt over motor drive, then over brush sprocket.
Snap brush supports into place on base. Be sure brush supports are not upside down.
Line up front of cover and base. Rest cover on front edge of base. Tilt
cover to back. Press cover firmly until side tabs snap into place.
Replace cover screws, light bulb and light cover.