I have very long hair, and have always had to get hair out of the "axle" from the ends on which the brush turns. This had always been easy on my Hoovers, because it may be unscrewed. But the brush ends on my DD do not seem to come apart. Is it designed to? Tonight I tried to get it apart and now it makes a clicking noise when manually turning it; when connected to the belt and plugged in it's loud of course.
This vacuum cost me a whole 35 bucks two years ago, as a temporary while my Hoover was being fixed. Oddly, it worked better than my new Hoover ever did.
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The ends are fastened to each end of a shaft that passes through the roller. If the brush has shifted, perhaps the nuts or other fasteners have loosened. You can try to tighten the nuts but be carefaul to avoid tightening too much, causing the roller to not turn freely
Brad, Hopefully it is the belt that you smell burning. I would start by removing the underneath side of the vacuum head. Normally just a few screws that are meant to be remove for general maintanence and circumstances such as this. After removing the screws this should reveal the dirty side of life to you. You may need to remove the roller brush, and inspect the ends to make sure the brush rolls freely while holding the ends. If not the ends may need to be cleaned of hair and strings: ends should pop of and a shaft runs through the middle connecting them. Clean and replace. Move on up the path the dirt travels. The neck where the head and vacuum come together is the next jamming point, if this is where the cloth is lodged chances are the motor may have over heated due to clogging. Your vacuum may have a automatic shut off. You will need to contact Dirt Devil to see if there is a reset for the motor. There are propellers / fan blades at the end of the neck just before the motor housing. This is most likely where the clothe has logged itself causing the brushes on the electric motor to emit the burning smell, if you can remove all obstructions and the unit still does not turn on, check with dirt devil about the reset, Hope this helps.
You need a new belt. In order to change it, turn the machine compleatly upside down and place the head on a counter, handle on the floor.
There is a L shaped base plate to remove that has 5 screws in. Once the base plate is off, you see the brush roller and a silver shaft directly back from where the belt would ride. Remove the brush roller, place the new belt, Dirt Devil Style 5 ( see link below ) on to the shaft. Then insert the brush roller, so the belt is on the raised carved out section of the brush roller. Grab the brush roller at each end and stretch it till you are able to put the brush roller back into the base. Turn the brush roller backwards 3 compleat turns and the same forward to seat the belt.
Replace the base plate and you're done.
It may be that the beater brush is bound up . This will cause slipping, of the belt. Take out the brush and clean out the bushing . Hair gets wound up in side. once you have it cleand out. Put a few drops of cooking oil in side the bushing on both ends. This will make a big diffrents on how it spins. Good luck DFD
the reason the belts are burning up so quickly is the old rubber from the other belts is still on the motor shaft.clean the shaft down to the polished finish then put on a new belt.make sure your brush roller turns freely .thats the other possiblity.the brush roller might be bad.sometimes hair and dirt get twisted around the ends and keeps it from turning