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Replacing a belt on a Sebo Automatic X1 vacuum cleaner

The roller brush has stopped turning : someone suggested a broken belt may need replacement. How do I take off the top housing? Is it the 4 deep-set screws which allow the top to come off?

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  • naomilev Jul 08, 2008

    The Sebo Automatic doesn't run on the floor as smooth as it used to. It needs pushing harder. Can you help please?

    naomilev@lineone.net

  • delboy40 Jul 17, 2008

    The brushes aren't turning and have found one of the two belts ( at rear)have snapped. Is this belt refered to as the brush belt or main drive belt?

    Also which screws need removing in order to fit a new belt

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The roller brush has stopped turning, I think it could be the belt, how do I seperate the top from the bottom?

I will await your reply.

Thankyou Val

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On the front near the bottom is a big push type button, push it in and pull the handle and bag asm. up to remove it from the power head. Then remove those 4 or 5 screws to release the top cover.

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Step 2. After removing the screws on the bottom of the vacuum cleaner, separate the top housing from the lower agitator housing, sometimes it may take putting a flat head screw driver in between the white and grey colored housing and prying them apart.

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