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Began making loud squealing noise

My Kirby Generation 3 began making a loud squealing noise from the area over the rear wheels. I bought this one new, and it has always been used properly with no 'abuse'. Is there a port or opening that I am not aware of where I can oil the workings?? How can I check for bearing damage?? I am in a small town with no serviceperson, and am not sure where to start.

Help! Company coming Sunday, and need to waltz with Kirby before they arrive!!

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Sorry thats probablly the transmission going out it could be the main unit itself, if thats the case time for a whole new trans, but sometimes its the mechanism that turns the trans off and on, and those parts can be replaced independantly from the transmission iself but you would have to tear the whole thing apart to get it out but more importantly back in. a local vac shop with more than five years experience should be able to fix it.

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Our Gen3 Kirby still works but is extremely loud not - I am currently only using with the wood floor attachment (no brush) - thoughts?


this could be the impeller fan next to the motor shaft under your attachment hose connection.

to determine this, remove the hose from the unit, and turn the fan shaft with your hand looking down inside the unit. You should see blades on the impeller fan, and they should all look squared off and curved. If any of them are broken or worn, it will make the unit louder than normal.

Also, the hose attchment has an increased noise more than using the brush attchment anyway because it increases the suction for the hose more than on the carpet. IE the motor runs faster giving you more suction.

An Impeller fan for the G3 Kirby will run about 18-39$ for the fan. More for labour.

Good luck,
Mark

Nov 07, 2010 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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How To Attach The Carpet Shampooer Cleaning Attachment Kirby Generation 3 (G3).


Hello,

This is an excellent, easy to follow video presentation of attaching the carpet cleaner to your Kirby Generation 3 Upright Vacuum Cleaner. Please note that the model being used in the video is a newer model named the Sentria, but the process of attaching the carpet extractor attachment is identical on the Kirby Sentria and the Kirby Generation 3. The only major difference is that the Generation 3 does not have the lever that extends out to turn the belt to off. On the Generation 3 this is dont by turning the entire white square with the Kirby logo on it in the front of the vacuum cleaner.

Please feel free to ask for a repair clarification if you have a question on how to attach the carpet shampooer. I'm always, more then happy to answer any follow up questions there may be.


Instructional Video On How To Attachment Carpet Shampooer To Kirby Generation 3 Vacuum Cleaner:
http://kirbywhq.powweb.com/videos/Carpet_Shampoo.mov


I hope that this helped you change your Kirby into a carpet shampooer. I you found this video helpful, please rate this Tip as helpful by clicking the Thumbs Up Icon. I really do appreciate it, thank you.

Chris J.

on Mar 21, 2010 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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We have a kirby generation 3 and it slows down and speeds up almost sounds like it is going do quit could this be a brush problem in the motor sometimes it will quit.


You may need to service you Kirby. Go this page HERE, fill out Service Request Form and ship to us together with you Kirby. We will inspect it and will call you with an estimate.

Good Luck,
Rocky

Dec 09, 2009 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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I need to remove the top of the motor unit on a Kirby Generation 3 to access the motor area of the vacuum


First remove the back, then remove the handle assembly. Then pop off the plastic switch cover and it has one screw on the back you will need to take out, then there are two screws in the front of the body housing and two on the back that you will need to take out and then you are ready to take the top cover off and get into the motor area.

Nov 28, 2009 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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My kirby generation 3 wont come on


Make sure cord is not damaged. Check to see nothing is blocking hose or carpet nozzle(where beater brush is or brush roll). Plug unit in to a receptacle that you know has power going to it. (Lamp you know works when plugged into same. Using hose on front, make sure bag bottom completely attached to exhaust, the hose has a little arm like thing that will depress the safety switch on the front of the unit, and turn on using foot switch at the back of the unit. If these do not work, it could be one of two safety switches, dirt may have fouled or switch may need to be replaced. Authorized Kirby Dealer in your area: Replacement parts, Kirby Distributor, call: 1-800-437-7170 United States and Canada

Nov 01, 2009 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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G3 was made 1990 -1993. Kirby sales people make big fuzz about Kirby vacuums sold online saying that it must be stolen to be so cheap. They probably just want to find distributors who sell new Kirby vacuums online so they are trying to get a serial number. If it was stolen prior owned must have reported it to Kirby Company and this is very unlikely even thought it is possible.

Sep 07, 2008 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Motor getting really loud!


Your Kirby most likely needs a new fan. Please see this link to get the part and do it yourself repair instructions...

http://reviews.ebay.com/KIRBY-VACUUM-REPAIR-HOW-TO-REPLACE-THE-FAN-IMPELLER_W0QQugidZ10000000003711302

Marci

Aug 27, 2008 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

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Replace the roller on my kirby vacumm generation 3


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Posted by tlourene on Jul 21, 2008
Replace the roller on my Kirby Vacuum Generation 3
Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. In order to replace the brushroll on the Kirby G3 you need to dial off the belt and then release the lever to remove the bell housing, then there are 2 levers that you need to open then you can get @ the brushroll --- take out the brushroll and replace the brushroll and a new belt – make sure you change the belt every 4 to 6 months for the best cleaning. Make sure when you put the new belt in the housing that the screw heads are facing down – then you can replace the bottom plate, dial the belt on to the belt pulley and replace the bell housing. If you need further help please refer to a local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.

http://kirby.com/
Customer Service – U. S. & Canada
1-800-494-8586
Hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST)
Mail To: Consumer Relations
The Kirby Company
1920 West 114 Street
Cleveland, OH 44102
Thanks, Don the Vac Man
Go Ahead. Use Us.

Jul 21, 2008 | Vacuums

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Kirby making clicking noise


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Posted by jenad on Jun 12, 2008
In the middle of vacuuming my car out, my Kirby Sentria began making a loud clicking noise, sounds like it's coming from the motor. It's never done this before. I checked for debris in the fan and removed the bag and checked there too. The vacuum still works, just not sure if I should continue to use it.

Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. The clicking noise sound s to me that it is coming from the motor like you said and I am not sure how new the Kirby vacuum is, but if it is still under a factory warranty it is a good idea to have Kirby take a look @ the vacuum because it could be the fan, carbon brushes or something could be hitting the armature making a clicking sound and if it is the armature then I would get it check ASAP. Feel free to contact your local factory authorized Kirby dealer in your area and also I will give you the website and the customer service phone # to Kirby for further assistance. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.

http://kirby.com/ Customer Service – United States & Canada 1-800-494-8586
Hours 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (EST) U.S. & Canada Fax # 1 (216) 529-6146
Mail To:
Consumer Relations
The Kirby Company
1920 West 114 Street
Cleveland, OH 44102
Thanks, Don the Vac Man
Go Ahead. Use Us.

Jun 12, 2008 | Vacuums

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