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Help Our Dyson does not pull itself or self-propel, and you can't push it forward. ANy suggestions?

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Dyson vacuums are not self propelled. and if you cannot push it on your carpet then the pile of your carpe is more than what the vacuum can handle.

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Try making sure the brush bar is turning when in the vacuuming position. It is possible that the brush bar is obstructed which can cause your machine to make this noise.

Check out our online help at www.dyson.co.uk/support.

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