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My roomba 560 approaches the dock and attempts to dock. However, it never seems to align correctly and backs out. This is a continuous process. It simply will not dock at all. Any suggestions?

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Check the connector on your ROOMBA, there is a switch that open the ground when you connect the charger direct to the ROOMBA and a lot of times it get stock and remain open. Using a small screwdriver press the metal plates to force to close.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012

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  • lalani Oct 30, 2012

    the paid tech guy at irobot could not fix the problem but you did......THANK YOU SOOOOO MUCH....

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    Colin Olds Dec 04, 2013

    can you take a picture so i know what im looking for?

  • Carlos Figueiredo Mar 02, 2014

    Did not understand what i should look for too. Connector? Switch?

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No suggestions, but my Roomba 530 is doing the same thing.

Hope you find a solution soon.

Posted on Oct 25, 2010

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