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Not as strong when bought, weird noises too.

The main problem is a weird noise caused by the brush not spinning on the carpet like it used to do strongly leaving a sweep mark on the carpet, which helps pick up the dust through suction. Seems to have lost the power, so I raised it, but it still doesn't pick up that well. What should I do, I already checked the belt, ripped all linen spinned on the brush. It just doesn't leave that mark on the carpet after being swept, it just stops. What should I do?

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  • kathywRN Oct 04, 2008

    The brush sometimes spins maybe once or twice but mostly it does not spin at all. I cleaned all the hair and threads wrapped around the brush, inspected the belt which looks fine but it still will not spin.

  • Anonymous Dec 30, 2008

    my vacum is not strong enough to pick up dirt. I cleaned it out well but it did not work.

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    the brush at the bottom of my vacuum stopped spinning.

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Not as strong when bought, weird noises too.
Posted by Swork100 on Jun 18, 2008
The main problem is a weird noise caused by the brush not spinning on the carpet like it used to do strongly leaving a sweep mark on the carpet, which helps pick up the dust through suction. Seems to have lost the power, so I raised it, but it still doesn't pick up that well. What should I do, I already checked the belt, ripped all linen spinned on the brush. It just doesn't leave that mark on the carpet after being swept, it just stops. What should I do? Dirt Devil Featherlite Bagless Vacuum

Hello,
I would advise you to ALWAYS to FIRST UNPLUG YOUR VACUUM before beginning any service procedure. A couple of the problems you seem to be having is that the belt is stretched out and not picking up well and the other is the brushroll is not spinning freely in order to pup the dust and dirt. The average flat belt change is every 4 to 6 months for the best cleaning and the check your brushroll to see if that spins freely if not it is probably bound up with thread and hair and needs to be cleaned off @ every belt change. If the belt is tight it cleans well and the brushroll does not get a chance to wrap around the brushroll and slow it down. All part of the maintenance of a vacuum cleaner. So if you need further assistance, please feel free to contact your local vacuum cleaner dealer in your area or in the yellow pages, or contact the factory phone number or website to further assist you with your questions.

http://royalvacuums.com/ Customer Service 1-800-321-1134
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Thanks, Don the Vac Man
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