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How to replace a belt successfully on a Bissel Powrforce 3522?

I just replaced a new belt. Style 7 belt. But when I turned on the vaccumn, my brand new belt broke, like 5 seconds after turned it on. It had this smokey smell. I guess I put the belt in wrong, how exactly do you put the belt in?

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  • commonproble May 26, 2008

    I have the same problem, but can't figure out anything to try to fix it. The belt looks like it's in there right. I don't want to start the vacuum upside down with the coverplate off to see what's happening because I'm afraid the belt and roller will fly out and hit me in the face. I inherited the vacuum from a neighbor moving out who said it just needed a new belt. I guess you haven't come up with a solution?

  • Mary Short Aug 04, 2008

    I have had the vacuum for about 4l years. It worked great for awhile and then the belt broke. I got a replacement belt but after short time it comes off. It is a Bissell belt, correct size, etc. I put it back on( a pain) and it slips off again. I can even turn the brush and watch it work it's way off the bar even before I put the cover back on. It should have alot of use left but this is rediculus!

  • lakendal15 Nov 11, 2008

    belt broke, when i put the new belt on i smelled burning and the new belt broke, how do i put the new belt on without it breaking?



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How do I replace the belt? I don't know how to get into that area.

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