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SpotBot: Brushed do not rotate

SpotBot had been working well. Now during the cycle the brushes do not rotate. I do not see this type of problem noted in troubleshooting guide or web-based postings.

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  • ginamd Apr 29, 2008

    I am also having the same issue with the SpotBot brushes not roating in the cycle.

  • Julia Perry May 26, 2008

    yes, my Bot also. I know that it is "spraying", and a few times I have seen the larger outside disk that surrounds the brushs move a few inches around the track when I attempt to run, but the only that outer circle moves, I can't get the brushes to move. I've felt around underneath for some kind of a "release" button, doesn't seem to be one.

    I did a real thorough job of cleaning out grit underneath and around the suction-tank end of the machine.

  • mrsdma Jun 22, 2008

    I have the same problem as well. I hope someone comes up with an answer.

  • jasonferney Sep 07, 2008

    Same problem. This is our second one. Took the first one apart and found no obvious problem, electrical or mechanical. I think this could be a built-in lifetime for the automatic features. We will continue to use the hose/sprayer portion but I will NOT be buying a third. I'm pretty hacked at Bissell... Anyone else ready to overlook their products next time you're in Lowe's?

  • mattvanmater Mar 26, 2009

    I am also having the same problem. I have had my spotbot for about 2-3 years, there was no degradation of performance before the rotating brushes stopped. One day it worked, the next it did not. The manual mode does still work but I find this very annoying because I purchased the product specifically to NOT have to manually scrub the occasional pet stain.

  • Anonymous May 03, 2009

    Brush doesn't rotate. Now I use the hand brush only. Doesn't anyone in Bissell quality control read posts like these?

  • Anonymous May 07, 2009

    Ditto - just stopped working. Vacuum seems OK and so does pump, but electric motor that drives the brushes does not turn even when there's no load.

  • Anonymous May 17, 2009

    Everything on the machine works exept the rotating brush. The automatic cleaning mode is the reason I bought it in the first place. This is the second SpotBot I've bought because the first one stopped working. I sure wish another manufacturer would make a similar but functional cleaning machine.

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I had the same problem everything worked except the brushes wouldn't move. I took the top off and tested the leads to the motor and it wasn't getting any power. So I took the power board out and traced it to a large ceramic 5 watt 1.5 ohm resistor right in the middle of the board. I got a replacement resistor from a local electronic store and soldered it in. So for less than a dollar its working perfectly again. Also I put some electical tape over the speaker to quiet it down. It seems funny to have a very very loud beep to tell you when a very loud machine is done.

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My brushes stopped turning and I am going to try the above recomendations. In the meantime I should mention that you can remove the "solution" clean container near the beginning of the cycle and the machine will go on scrubbing and sucking without soaking it so much. You can even run the whole cycle with no solution to dry the spot better.

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I just had the same problem, strange how i fixed it though. i just reached under where the brush is and carfulley turned it. i heard a small snap and whatever was catching it to keep it from moving is gone. it now turnes just fine..... i reqimend u be very carefull. the brush would only turn onw way for me, so use only gentl4e pressure.

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I have the same problem. I took the thing apart and tested the motor and it works just fine. The voltometer is telling me that there is no juice going to the motor. I tested the voltometer on other contacts in the vacuum and it's working fine. It seems every moving thing in the spotbot runs on 120v AC 60mhz, but like I said above; for some reason the spot bot isn't sending any electricity to the motor that makes the bristles go around. It has to be a controll board problem as the wires go strait from the board to the motor. Personally, I'm not even going to bother getting it fixed. I'll just stick with the hand cleaning tool. The darn automated cleaning cycles use too much solution anyway.

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