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Hi, My Kirby Ultimate G upright has very little suction. The engine sounds fine when turned on and the bag is not full at all. Suggestions?

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In general, when the beater brushes on vacuum cleaners are not rotating, the debris on the carpet is not "bounced up" and into the suction area of the vacuum. With this in mind it might be a good idea to see if your beater brush or brushes are rotating freely. If they are not it could be due to the ends of the brushes being bound up where they meet the vacuum case or the belt(s) could be loose or broken. That would be the least expensive thing to start with. Please let me know if you have questions.

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If you turn on the motor and the bag inflates fast your engine is working fine.

You can have something clogged in the mini-emptor, or the fill tube in the exterior bag which can potentially restrict airflow. Also if your bag is full to the line - that is when the airflow begins to reduce.

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http://reviews.ebay.com/CHANGING-THE-BELT-ON-A-KIRBY-G3-G4-G5-GSIX-ULTIMATE-G_W0QQugidZ10000000003720039

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