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My Ultimate G Kirby started making a strange noise and an unusual smell of burning.

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If it is a smell of rubber, then you could have a bad belt and/or brush roll. If it is an electrical smell, then the carbon brushs for the motor may be arc-ing, you will have to check the motor for that.

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