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Hoover S1361, getting it apart

I have removed the four screws visible with the lid up and the bag out. How do I crack it open?

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  • HooverUser80 Dec 27, 2008

    Same thing here... Tried using a screwdriver to push orange and grey parts apart, but it seems to be stuck around the handle... My motor has dust and dirt in it because I forgot to put in the bag one time, that's why I trying to pry it open..

  • clanallan Jan 03, 2009

    I have the smae problem. I have removed the four screws but I can't seem to get it apart. Is there a trick or am I missing something?

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Hi guys,

It was frustrating as hell for me when I tried to get it apart. I have a blog post on how to do it. Hope it helps!

Taking apart the Hoover S1361

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  • javierehb Feb 18, 2011

    Follow this guy link, is very complete

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