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Check to see if the drive belt to the beater is broken. Also, remove the beater brush and clean as best you can. Add some WD40 at both ends of the brush where the hard rubber/plastic pieces are that hold it in the unit. Spin the beater by hand to make sure it moves freely.

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Beckiande485:

You will need to unplug the vacuum from the wall, lay it down so you can see the bottom of the vacuum head and remove the bottom plate (foot plate) Probably philllips head screws. pull up on the roller (called the beater bar). The beater bar will come straight up. Disconnect the belt and check the fittings at the ends of the beater bar... I'll bet that they don't spin easily (The fittings have roller bearings in them, and the roller bearings get gunked up with hair, carpet fibers and dirt). Pull the end fittings off of the roller and remove all of the hair and carpet fibers off of the end of the beater bar and the fittings and out of the bearings. Check to make sure that the roller bearings spin freely. If they do not spin freely, put some rubbing alcohol in the bearing (you can pour it onto the bearing and spin the bearing manually until it spins freely, or you can use a spray bottle with alcohol in it as I do. Once the bearing spin freely, dry them out so no alcohol remains in the bearing, then a drop or two of light machine oil (3 in 1 oil will do) in each bearing and spin the bearing again to distribute the oil. Now would be a good time to check for any clogs in the vacuum head where the hose connects, and check the hose for clogs. Reassemble the beater bar and reinstall it in the vacuum with a new belt, reinstall the foot plate.

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Unplug the vacuum and lay it down on the floor upside down on some newspaper. Remove the vacuum head foot plate with a Phillips head screwdriver. Remove the beater bar and belt by pulling straight up on the beater bar. Pull the end caps and bearings from the ends of the beater bar... it may take a two-grunt pull to remove them, or CAREFULLY use a screwdriver to pry them off. Remove the hair, carpet fibers and other gunk from the ends of the beater bar, bearings and end caps. Pour (or spray) alcohol on the bearings and spin them until they spin freely. Dry the bearings so there is no alcohol in them.
Put a few drops of light machine oil in the bearings, (3 in 1 oil will do), and spin the bearings to distribute the oil and ensure the bearings spin freely. Now would be a good time to check the vacuum head opening and the hose for clogs. Reassemble the end caps and bearings to the ends of the beater bar and reinstall the beater bar assembly (with a new belt) in the vacuum head. Reinstall the foot plate, and your machine should pick up fuzz balls the size of Michigan!

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Hello, W/D here.
Since the brush will not spin, but the motor works, either the belt has come off of the motor shaft, the belt is worn past it's useful life, or the beater bar has seized.
1. Turn off the power (unplug).
2. Remove the bottom plate. With the plate off, use your finger to test the tension of the belt. It should be tight, and roll when you roll the beater bar by hand.
3. Remove the beater bar and belt. Inspect the beater bar, particularly by the bearings. Remove any twine, hair, etc.
4. Inspect the belt for abnormal wear. If there is any significant wear in the belt, replace it.
5. Reassembly is in the reverse order. Place the belt on the beater bar. While holding the beater bar close to it's position, place the belt on the motor shaft. Rotate the beater bar bearings to their proper position and install the beater bar. Replace the cover plate.

Best regards, --W/D--

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Hopefully this should resolve your issue. If you require any further advice on using or maintaining your DC25, please get in touch with us, free, on 08002980298 (UK), or 1866MYDYSON (US), so we can provide the assistance you need.

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