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Took appart turbo brush and don't know where to put belt to make brush spin...what two things should it connect?

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I have a Kirby turbo brush. The belt drives the brush roller and also the big roller that is inside the turbo brush.

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Took apart turbo brush and
Posted by kristinscull on Apr 24, 2008
Took apart turbo brush and don't know where to put belt to make brush spin...what two things should it connect?


Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure.
There are 2 types of Turbo Brushes, the electric type driven by a power head or power nozzle most likely used on a canister type vacuum or a central vacuum driven by electricity and there is an air driven power head. In either case the belt should be riding on the brushroll pulley on the end or if it is an air driven power head, sometimes the pulley section is in the middle, and the other end would run off the motor pulley / shaft. If you have a flat belt it is suggested that you change the belt every 4 to 6 months, if you have a geared belt, suggested change would be one year or so. I am not sure on the Brand of turbo brush you have, but you can refer to your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or the yellow pages, or contact the manufacturer for a phone # or website address, some times if you have a air driven turbo power brush it may be cost efficient to replace the brush instead of repairing the turbo brush. Just a suggestion.
Example: www.turbobrush.com – this may or may not be the website address not knowing the brand name.
Thanks, Don – The Vac Man
Go Ahead. Use Us.

Posted on Apr 24, 2008

  • Kim Hills Feb 17, 2012

    I have a Bissell lift off revolution turbo 12 amp the brush will not turn even by hand the part that attaches to the spindal moves freely and I put a new belt on as well what else can I do, the lift off part works fine and vaccum turns on but whe you turn on brush it doesnt turn

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