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The turbine head on my dc08 will not turn although there seems to be lots of suction

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The dyson have a bit of an achilles heel with their turbine heads. Half the time you can resurect them by simply removing the baseplate and pulling of the rollers and emptying out all the **** that seems to accumulate inside the brush roller. The other half of the time that same dirt has worked its way to the centre part that holds the rollers, this is where the bearing is and unfortunately there is no way to access the bearing to change it. Not the best design really. If you clean the inside of the rollers very regularly you will not have this problem but who remembers to do that kind of maintenance often enough.
If you need to buy a turbine head to replace a broken one try vacuumspot or nelsonvacuums if you are in Australia.
Hope this helps you.

Posted on Feb 01, 2011

  • lisamcarp Feb 20, 2011

    I was just going to currys to buy new vaccum, took rollers apart and wedged in was loads of hair not visable from outside. Thank you soo much working perfectly now.

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I work as a technition for vacuumspot.com.au & nelsonvacuums.com.au fixing vacuum cleaners. It is a common problem for turbine or turbo heads to slow down or stop altogether. I'll show you how to look after them and avoid costly replacement.

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Start by turning the head over. I have marked the 3 points you need to undo to take off the base plate. Simply twist the 2 knobs and slide other catch in the centre of the head. The base plate should now lift off quite easily.



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Have a good look in the spot where I have marked it is very common for dirt and fluff to stick to the sides of the rubber part in the middle. This can reduce the suction at the head and reduse cleaning effiency.



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Now you have to pull the brushes out to the sides, they should come off easily. Clean really well around the shaft pay particular attention to any hair wound around the small gap marked. Anything caught here gradually works it's way to the bearing which sits just inside the housing here. If the bearing gets worn you have to replace the entire head as there are no spare parts for this tool. :(

DO NOT try and put a lubricant on the shaft, it will work for a short time but in the longer term it will only attract dust to the bearing.

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This part is easy, just tap out the the dirt from inside the brushes. If you have another vacuum handy this will work well too. An air compressor will do the best job but make sure you direct it away from yourself.


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Give the base plate a basic clean, there is normally not a lot of stuff here but if you get dirt caught around the edges it can affect haw well the plate seals to the rest of the head. One thing to take particular not of is the rubber seal that goes around the edge. It often gets dislodged, just poke it back in or if you have gasket adhesive put a small amount in the groove to hold it in place.



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Now check the filter on the side. You only have to give it a wipe with your finger or a dry cloth to keep it clean.
There you have it all done. Simply pop the brushes back on making sure you put them on the side they came off. There is a little arrow marked on the brushes and centre of the head if you forget. Then put the baseplate back on and fix the catches back in place.
If you do this every month or two your turbine head will spin at max speed all the time and last longer too!.
Hope this helped you and feel free to leave a comment, I love feedback .

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