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I purchased a new handle release foot pedal and am trying to remove the old and install the new. I can't seem to get the metal piece and spring apart from the old foot pedal. I've removed the (2) snap rings but am still struggling. Is their a repair manual online somewhere? thank you.

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  • ponderosagar Oct 10, 2010

    I want to fix this myself. How do you recommend separating the old foot pedal from the metal piece and spring. thank you

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Hi. Let me help you with this but it would be better if you can tell the brand and model.

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Hello,


There is no particular manual for the replacement on line on how to go about the fixing of the handle it has to do with a skill i.e (technical skills and tools )


please if you are technical in clan then you might/ will not be able to do the fixing your self, what you will have to do to solve this problem is to call on the technician to carry out the assignment carefully with out adding damage on the vacuum.


Thank you and thanks for using fixya.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010

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The easiest way to remove the old pedal if it's still inside of the base of the machine, is to take a larger sized flat head screw driver, and put it up underneath of the pedal. With the screwdriver underneath of the pedal, pry upwards on the pedal until it pops off. This can take some pressure to get it out, don't put too much pressure on this part or it will crack the bottom housing. If the pedal won't come out from the bottom, you may also try putting the screwdriver in between the top housing (different colored plastic part in front of the pedal) and the pedal and try prying here. I find it the easiest to do when I put the screw driver underneath and pry upwards like this:

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