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Changing the belt

I have a Eureka "The Boss" SmartVac. I took the bottom cover off to replace the belt. There is no way to get a belt around the drive shaft; there is no gap between the end of the shaft and the side of the vacuum in which to slide the belt. Does the shaft telescope somehow to allow you to get the belt around it? The last time the belt broke, I had a friend take the vacuum apart in many pieces to get the belt around the shaft. I cannot believe you have to go through 45 minutes of disassembly to get a belt on. The instructions say to simply take 3 screws off the bottom plate, take the bottom plate off, and then put the belt on. I'm stumped.

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  • Anonymous May 08, 2008

    I have the same problem and no, removing the brush makes no difference, as the belt is wrapped around the motor drive. I will relent and call  the  Customer Service number tomorrow if I can't find any other assistance.

  • sorensen834 Feb 16, 2009

    Following the exact instructions, I have everything reassembled, but the roller won't re-engage. It just clicks back to the bare floor setting.

  • Anonymous Mar 10, 2009

    I couldn't figure out how to change the belt on my Eureka Boss, so I had my husband look at it since he has more time. So he got his buddy involved and after a couple hours of ramming and banging - well ... some husbands are good at some things.

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Just in case you're still having this problem.... you don't need to fit the belt around the motor shaft. Only wrap it around the brush roller and the piece near the back that you are able to put the belt around, and snap the brush back into place. It didn't look like it would work (it looked like my cat could have done the same thing and gotten the same result) but it works gloriously now!

Hope this helps.

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Have you pulled the roller out? Once you take the bottom plate off, the roller should slide out of its slot. Then you should easily be able to access the motor shaft.

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