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Hoover SteamVac brushes aren't turning ...

I'm trying to follow these instructions for removing the cover on my Hoover Steamvac: http://www.fixya.com/support/r4530769-diagnosis_fix_hoover_steamvacs_when

However, I'm having trouble getting the brush speed knob pried off, and I don't want to break it.

Any suggestions?

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  • dotmom61 May 28, 2010

    Thanks, Chris. I noticed that the assembly that broke will be replaced on the new turbine I ordered.

    If I had noticed that the spring was holding things back underneath, I would have just reached under there and unhooked it. Live and learn, I suppose.

    My son took apart the old turbine, and we were disappointed to see that Hoover designed those with a plastic gear being turned by a metal worm gear. There was a considerable amount of plastic dust collected inside the turbine, and the teeth on the plastic gear were worn down so far they couldn't engage with the worm gear anymore. Seems like a pretty poor design.

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Sometimes this speed knob can be really stuck on there. Even if you were to break off the part that the knob sits onto, this part is actually part of the turbine assembly, and the new turbine assembly would have that prong that the button sits on.

As long as you have the screwdriver underneath of the knob, I wouldn't worry to much about putting too much pressure on it.

Let me know if you still have any questions, I'll be happy to help you figure it out.

If you found this helpful, please be so kind to rate the repair that I wrote, or leave feedback.

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    Chris Jones May 28, 2010

    Hi,



    I'm glad that you were able to get this figured out. I 100% completely agree with you that this is a terrible design. I had written the post that you mentioned above for this exact reason, this is a notorious, wide spread problem. You'd think that after Hoover realized that this part was prone to fail that they would have re-designed it, but it seems that they have an equal interest in their parts business and selling replacement turbines. What would make sense would be to sell these gears separately, so instead of having to replace the entire turbine, you could just replace the stripped gears, but that would make life to easy I guess, :-)

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