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The motor in my Powermate (Kenmore Canister 116.27614700) is whining, high pitched, but still works. A local shop told me the motor is dying (the one in the Powermate that drives the beater bar) and would cost $150 for them to repair. The machine is only 1.5 years old and I paid $300...yikes. I think I can fix it but don't understand why the foam gasket that apparently wraps around the motor costs as much as the motor. This is assuming that part 32 (ks747156) is the foam I see glued to my current motor. Is there a cheaper gasket solution? Also, Sears doesn't appear to sell the wire connectors anymore. Can I buy them elsewhere? they look like they crimp (not twist on like household electrical). Thanks!

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  • kerry_crocke Apr 28, 2010

    Thanks!

    I've tried to see if I can peel off the gasket from the current motor. It seems pretty well glued on and I suspect the foam will just tear.

    Is there an alternate gasket solution? Some foam meant for another purpose? What does the foam do? What would happen if I didn't have the foam?

    Also, any gotchas I need to look out for while doing this, because it looks pretty straightforward (and I'm pretty handy)?


  • kerry_crocke Apr 28, 2010

    Good stuff so far!

  • kerry_crocke Apr 28, 2010

    Thanks! I may try to get that foam off some how and reuse it!

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I think you are right! Buy the motor.....use the gasket from the old motor if you can cut it off clean and just glue it on the new one.

The connectors are just brass blade connectors which you should be able to get at a Home Depot or Lowes in the electrical section. Or...just cut off the old connector AND use wire nuts to connect them to the new motor *(which assume comes without any kind of connector right?).

That should do the job for the cost of a motor...a little glue and two wire nuts. Good call!

Good luck and be careful!

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  • john andrew manchook Apr 28, 2010

    The foam serves a couple purposes. One, it keeps the vacuum path sealed so that the vacuum is sucking up from the rug and not out the motor mount. Two, it also minimizes vibrations that occur as the beater bar load changes. That vibration is damaging to the motor over time.



    If the foam seems a bit flimsy maybe you should just get new foam. That may have contributed to its early demise! Otherwise you can cut on the glue itself to get as much foam away from the old motor as possible. I can't think of a cheap analog to the insulation foam offhand. I think whatever you use has to handle vibration and some heat stress.



    Any gotchas eh? Good question. I think you have it all covered my friend. The motor is designed to turn in only one direction using AC power so the wiring shouldn't be in question. If it turns out to be a DC motor than it will be polarized and you should be careful to match up the wiring colors correctly.



    Good luck and be careful!

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