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Opening the vacuum?

Thanks Worldvet!
We aren't there yet...we cannot figure out how to open this part of the vacuum. Do you know?

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  • yamamama585 Jul 05, 2008

    ok, I just saw the new comment and we will try that. Thank you so much and I will rate you excellent once we are done with this!

    I'm so happy you found the manual...we just moved and who knows where that folder is...we certainly don't! And I looked all over and couldn't find it so I'm glad you did.

    My husband is watching the Daytona 500 too so he told me he'll look into this further once it's done.

    Thank you and have fun watching the race.


  • yamamama585 Jul 05, 2008

    Thank you very much for finding the manual and I updated my rating. I wasn't trying to rate you bad so I apologize...You did great!

    We should be able to figure it out from here but I'll keep you posted. This service is very cool and I will tell my friends about it. You are a great technical and nice person!

    Have a good night.


  • Anonymous Feb 18, 2009

    how to replace belt on Kenmore bagless vacuum model 116


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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.

BTW, you can post photos here. They have to be 50K or less and you click on the tree icon and then browse to the location you saved the photo to. You can do this if you choose. In the end I will ask you to return to your original post in the Premium Solution area and then rate this fixed once we are done with this.

I'm working at my laptop while waiting for the Daytona Race to start later on.


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  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jul 05, 2008


    I found the manual in PDF format. To gain access to this you need to do two things.

    1. Register with Sears,
    2. Download the Manual, once downloaded, from the file menu in your browser you can choose "Save a Copy" to get this onto your hard drive. I found the access panel to the wiring terminal block pretty easy by just browsing through the pages.

    So go here to begin the sign up process click on the find manual and you will be prompted to sign up to access the manual with a user name, the password has to be six characters long and include a number. Write it down i your address book under S for Sears. I suggest people get an address book solely for your web site user names and passwords.

    Once you are signed in, you can click on "Find Manual" or it will already come up with two entries, click on the first manual link. its there and is actually pretty decent. As an owner, you may want to print this off and have it handy as vacuum cleaners need cleaning all the time and some disassembly is required, etc.

    Please use the comment box below to ask further questions, you don't need to use th ask me button unless you want a private conversation, which we are already in now.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jul 05, 2008

    You can re-rate your rating, and it would be appreciated here as well as these things actually just mean a lot to those of use whoe work here. We don't get paid by the hour or anyting, and most of us would or do do this for free. The few bucks we make on Premium Solutions such as your original add up to enough for us to buy parts for the PCs we techs are always building for ourselves. But more than anything our performance average is the most meaningful. There are plenty of techs on this board who are rookies and we older gray hairs support them in their needs to learn how to do this right and treat our customers right.

    So, anyway the choice is yours. It would be appreciated to change it from a TFT to Fixed sine I found your manual for you. The rest should be smooth sailing.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jul 06, 2008

    Thank you, don't forget to rate this one also.

    Its only four bucks to me but will go to some new part I'm saving for for my gaming PC.


  • Glenn Rogers
    Glenn Rogers Jul 06, 2008

    Thanks again for rating all around. You can ask me for help anytime. No need to pay again. If I can't help you I know a real expert you will.



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