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Re: Opening the vacuum?
Since I have posted the directions to you I've spent some time looking for an online service manual. To no avail.
Just as a 50+year old home owner how has owned plenty of vacuums and being a general fix-it specializing in a few areas and having a Dad who was an electrical genius who was a radio operator in WWII, I've fixed these things for myself, my friends and family all my life.
To get the covers off your machine and with an intuitive thinker on your side this should be rather easy. But, yes... where to start. You start by removing the bottom plate that gives you access to the drive belt. Once this is removed start removing plates and covers, by-passing the motor until you see a terminal where the wiring comes in and bridges to the power switch interrupt and the motor. If you don't see a bridge then you will have to cut, cap and tape your new power cord in. In some cases this was easier for me to do this on the handle post and after connecting in the new wires to the old and taping them up, you can then tape this to your post or use tie wraps. There should be a point where the cord comes through an eye, bring your new cord in and past this eye and then tie a knot to take strain off the new connection you make. Me, I use tie wraps to hold the new wire in place and also the old, should I choose to bypass finding the terminal post inside and just splice in instead. Much easier but a little messy in apearance.
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you should have a velcro bag holder slide the bag opening onto the velcro bag housing after it is folded down then with the bag in place swivle the bag housing to the velcro and it should snug up to the inlet tube where all of the debris is vacuumed into , let me know if this helps?? thanks The Vacuum Doctor Don Alb,NM
No solenoid. Try opening up the heater, check the inlet and outlet with a toothpick or something like that. be sure to not lose any of the tiny rubber o rings. The heater always gets clogged with mineral deposit. The thing that prevents these from distributing the water most often however, is the air tube on the pump. it is fed from the motor fan. If you are running your machine, and you can hear a distinct sucking sound, like there is an air leak, then your air tube is not installed properly at the motor opening. Also, you must have a taught belt on your pump pulley. The pump is run by the belt system off the brush roller.Hope this helps. Let me know! Thanks, Rene (the Vacuum Doctor)
Hello. The hose attaches on backside of cleaner right in the middle. (it twists in the opening) If you are talking about the other end, it attaches at the lower right side(if standing behind cleaner) of cleaner. I hope this helps! let me know
If there is vacuum at the point you described, then you need to look down inside where that round port connects to the floor head, all the way out to the beater bar. You may have to take the plate off the bottom to look all the way through to where the round vacuum port connects.
Let me know what you find. But the key to fixing this is to think about the direction of air flow as it travels to the vacuum motor. You've correctly identified one important operational fact (vacuum at the round port). Now we have to find the problem, and you are the eyes and ears of that investigation.
You really don't want to get into the vacuum. After you get in, there's not much that you can do other than look. If you really want to get in, there are two strips,one on each side of the cleaner under the rubber bumpers. The strips have to be removed by pulling off the bumper and pull them out the front of the vac.This is not easy. The bearings are not replaceable. If the armature is gone, you can have a armature and bracket kit installed instead of a new motor and save some money. The armature comes with the bearing pressed on the top.
I looked in our DC07. I would try removing the top again and getting a long dowel or the opening rod, insert it down into the unit and PUSH. The opening rod opens the latch by pushing it, not pulling it. Here are some pictures of the latch. Top pic is in the unlock position. Bottom is the normal position.
What you do is open the bag cover, then lay the machine on its side. Wedge a flathead screwdriver in between the bumper and the rear plastic guide. With a mallet, strike the flathead towards the bag cover. (The front of the machine.) Until the guildes come off. After both sides are done, close the bag cover and roll the machine so it rests on its back. With 2 fingers inside of the opening where the cord comes out, pull up firmly with the other hand holding the machine in place. TA-DAH.
I wouldn't bypass the bag sensor if I were you. It's there for a reason. It sounds like your control valve is out. Change that and your problems are over. Quick and super simple fix.
Leslie, Rotate the square knob on the front of the attachment to the "Belt On" position (green marker). Insert your fingers in the attachment port (the round opening on the back where the "hook" is) and position the belt so it's centered and as high up as it will go (that's usually just below the center of the opening. THEN rotate the square knob on the front to the "Belt Off" position. You should feel the belt tighten up and the know harder to rotate.