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I am needing to remove the plate to access the beater bar to remove a massive hair clog. Bought this at a garage sale. Works but needs to be thoroughly cleaned. I do not see where I can access screws or anything. Thank you.

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On the top cover, one on each side will be a screw, take those out and the top cover should come off. While you have it off, check the brush roll to make sure it is turning freely, and replace the belt, they stretch after a short time and will give you problems.

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