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Where does the fan belt go? - Kirby Heritage II Vacuum

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Hi There,

The belt on your Kirby Hertiage is put on almost exactly like the video below. The only difference on your model is that the brush actually rests in the bottom plate itself rather then the bell housing like the generation.

You can follow the same step by step instructions as the Generation in the video below, just put the belt around the brush, and put the brush into the bottom plate. Then put the bottom plate with the brush inserted, and the belt wrapped around the brush loose in the middle, back into the fan housing. Then turn the square shaped belt pulley on the font of the bell housing to the red setting. After the belt has been turned to OFF, then you may put the front bell housing back onto the vacuum cleaner, and after securing it onto the vacuum, now turn the belt pulley in the front back to BELT ON position.

The video will help you tremendously understand where and how the belt works on your Kirby. Here it is:



If you have any questions, or need help putting the belt on your Kirby, please feel free to use the comment section here on the Fixya repair page, and I'll be more then happy to answer all of your follow up questions.

If this was helpful to you, please be so kind and rate my repair helpful, or leave me feedback. This is really appreciated by Fixya repair professionals, and is the main reason that repair experts continue to leave free repair support, rather then just answering the premium questions that customers pay for. Please work the system Fixya has put in place, it's greatly appreciated.

Thanks,

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Posted on May 01, 2010

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