I'm almost 100% positive that the cord on your Dyson DC07 Animal has
shorted out and needs to be replaced. Usually what causes this spark,
and cord failure is when the cord is pulled out of the wall to hard. I
have to admit that I'm guilty of doing this same thing. If I'm on the
other side of the room from the plug, and I need to change plugs, I have
been known to try and swing the cord out of the plug, and I have myself
burned through a cord or two. The spark is usually caused when the
wires inside of the plug touch each other, or short circuit.
No worries, this is not an expensive, or difficult repair to do.
Here's what you'll need in order to complete this repair:
- T15 Torx
Bit Screw Driver
DC07 Power Cord For All DC07 Models, Part 905449.
- A 2mm or Smaller Flat Head Screwdriver (width of the tip)
- Needle Nose Pliers
- Patience (haha)
IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE YOUR VACUUM IS
UNPLUGGED BEFORE DOING ANYTHING ELSE!
Step 1. First thing you'll want to do is to unwrap the cord from the
machine, and remove the handle from the upright part, then slide the
hose all the way down the wand, and remove the hose from the handle
assembly completely and set it aside. Also remove the dust bin assembly
completely from the machine as well.
Step 2. Once you've remove the handle from the machine I find it
easier to work on if you lay the vacuum on
it's back, with the switch button facing upwards. Now remove the T15 Torx
bit screw that is directly below the switch actuator. I have circled
the location of this screw
in the picture below:
Step 3: After you have taken off the screw, you're doing to need to
remove the switch box housing from the vacuum that the screw was
securing. Simply use your flat head screw driver, and pry the two
small arms upwards. Be careful when prying, the plastic components on
Dyson vacuums are really cheap quality plastic, and I can't tell you how
many times I
have seen these plastic parts break. Here's a picture of the location
of where you should pry the switching off:
Here's what the vacuum should look like after the switch housing has
Step 4. Use your needle nose plyers to remove the terminals from both
of the switch poles. Also be careful when removing these terminals,
don't force it or it will break the pole right off of the switch, and
you'll then have to replace the switch along with the cord. Also
you'll need to remove the two white wires that are connected together
apart, also using your needle nose plyers.
Step 5. After you've removed the two terminals connected to the switch,
as well as the two white wires that were connected, follow the
electrical cord up until the point that it enters the vacuum cleaner to
the rubber cord protector. Lift straight up on this cord protecter to
remove it from the vacuum.
Step 6. You'll have to now slide the cord out through the cord
protector so that you may install the protector on your new cord.
Unfortunately as you'll see, your new cord does not come with the
plastic terminal protectors that are on the end of the wires, so you'll
need to take off these plastic ends on both the black, and the white
wires that come from the cord. The other wire that you see in there
that has a white wire with no plastic cover, and a black wire that does
have the plastic terminal. There's no need to remove the plastic
terminal from the wire that runs down into your motor, just leave these
alone. If you look closely at these plastic terminal covers, you'll
see that one side of them have two little ridges on the inside, also
that the bottom is flat, and the top rises upwards on one end. To
remove these plastic parts, use your 2mm flat head screwdriver and
insert it through the top part that has the two ridges on the indside.
While your screw driver is in as far as it will go, lift upwards away
from the wire while pulling out the wire at the same time. Repeat this
on the other wire as well.
his is how the wires look like without the terminals:
Step 7. After remove the plastic terminal covers from the wires, pull
the cord through the rubber cord protector and remove your old cord.
Open your new cord, and now you'll have to feed the two wires through
the cord protector. Simply push the cord through the ribbed end of the
cord protector. You normally can push the cord hard enough so that the
ends of the wires will come out the other end fairly easy. If the
wires don't come out, use your needle nose plyers to pull the metal ends
of the wires through the rubber cord protector.
Step 8. Reconnect the wires to the switch, as well as connecting the
two white wires together. Here's how the wiring should look like when
Step 9. After reconnecting the wires to the switch, and to the other
white wire, you'll need to put the switch back in place, along with the
cords, and the cord proector. You can see little channels that the
cords actually sit in to keep them from pulling out. Place both the
wire on the bottom that goes to the motor, as well as the electrical
cord into these channels. The two white wires that are connected
together go to the left of the switch. Here's how it should look like
when you're finished:
Simply put the switch housing cover back over the switch and cords, and
screw the Torx bit back in, and then test the vacuum to make sure that
the cord works.
I hope that this repair was helpful to you with fixing the cord on your
Dyson DC07. If you have any questions about this repair, or need
further help on replacing the cord, please use the Clarification
Request, or leave a comment on this repair and I'll be more then happy
to help you further. If this was helpful to you, please be sure to
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