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My 550 roomba will not go forward or dock. It just turns in circles and occassionally moves backward a few inches.

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: my roomba starts going backwards

I turned my shop vac onto "blow" and blasted my roomba with this problem. It worked!!! I had already cleaned it thoroughly, but it needed to be blown out. My only regret is that I did it in my shop, rather than outside. It was pretty dusty.

Thanks again for the tip. Saved me $100+

Posted on Dec 10, 2008

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SOURCE: Dont move forward.

Blow out the unit with compressed air, particularly around the wheels and under the bumper. Tap the bumper with your hand.

If your Roomba stops and beeps at you, count the beeps AFTER the initial "uh-oh" tone. Then call customer support (1-877-855-8593) for assistance.

Good luck.

Posted on May 29, 2009

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SOURCE: Roomba only circles back and forth in a very small

either the infrard sensor is defective or the steering is defective

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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SOURCE: backs up spins in circles, then red light flashes and beeps

Sounds like either the battery is bad or not being charged properly with subsequent loss of programming.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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SOURCE: my roomba won't go forward it just spins in a

You will need to take the top off to clear those wheels.
This happens a lot when cleaning new carpet. The fuzz jams the wheel switch, and dosey do you go.

Posted on Mar 11, 2010

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