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I believe this is Kirby Model 1-HD. It stops working, I tested the electrical cable and the power switch with a voltage meter and they are good. There is current on the black wire to the motor but there is no current on the green wire to the motor.

Does this unit have a fuse? I do not see one yet.
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I had this problem with a model 1-HE. It was caused by a bad connection at a slide switch mounted on the side of the motor housing. The switch is operated by a lever when the front cover is in place. I think it is a safety system to stop the motor operating when the cover is off. Check for operation of and connection through the switch when the cover is on.

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If it's anything like the Heritage II model 2HD, you may find this useful. We got this oldy-but-goody from my in-laws (with issues of course), and just tonight my stepdaughter was complaining about the fact that we never buy anything new with a good warranty. I pondered whether there is such a thing when it comes to vacuum cleaners. Anyway, I started taking it apart, and learned that both the hose and roller housing depress a plunger or actuator, to close a safety switch. Ours was simply dirty. Considering that you have a meter, you could try ringing it out. I didn't have any contact cleaner, but WD40 worked fine to clean up the contacts. One nice thing about the switch, was the markings for the different colored wires: G Y R W from front to back. It's a beautiful thing...when something is built so well, it's just meant to keep running. I wish Kirby would make automobiles. Hope this helps, Kevin H.

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I would take it into a local vacuum shop but DONT take it to a kirby shop because they will charge way more

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