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Roller bar does not spin

How do I access the belt? the roller bar does not seem to spin

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  • Anonymous Apr 22, 2008

    Power bar does not spin. Smells like something is burning. Can't open it up to check belt.

  • Anonymous May 14, 2008

    get to belt



  • Anonymous May 16, 2008

    Roller bar does not spin

  • mariovilas May 28, 2008

    The roller bar doesn't spin, but I open it and the belt isn't broken, and the light doesn't turn on....but the vacuum is still working and vacuum when on the floor setting...looks like the power doesn't get "juice".

  • Anonymous Nov 20, 2008

    How do you get the unit apart to check the roller bar belt

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I have the same problem

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It has a restart button that fixed the problem - I took it to a repair shop and they solved it.

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