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The self propell does not work... i turned it over and took off th bottom plate and can see where the cable is suppose to be attached to the drive system, but it is no longer atteached, so it came out or a piece of the vaccum broke as it seems to be alot of plastic.. i see a screw and the end of the cable is still there... But where does it attach and how do i do it.. i havent taken the complete houseing apart yet as i have never done that before and wasnt sure about all the scres and what not.... can it be fixed you think..???

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The actuator arm is broken. Common problem. Easily fixed at your local vac shop.

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SOURCE: Hoover Self-Propelled WindTunnel U6436-900 cable problem

The flat belt should be changed if it has been longer than 9-12 months. Next I would remove the upper handle to inspect the top section of the control cable, sometimes it fray's and has a sponge feel (no positive control) to self propel. To set this adjustment, it is best to do withthe hood off of the lower section. I would also look at the cable jacket in the foot to make sure it is under the metal clamp. It must be under the clamp to work properly. To get it under the clamp loosen one hold down screw at the top and one in the back of the vacuum, remove clamp screws and put jacket into position and then secure all screws. Now set the adjustment, Install upper handle and set self propel to off. loosen cable from arm in foot with torx screw. manually move arm until the clutch is off both drive pads. This is a visual adjustment. then secure and reassemble vacuum.

Posted on Feb 28, 2009

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SOURCE: Self-propel switch arm broke off where control

Greetings from GoVacuum,

This is a farily common repair on this model. What ends up happening is that when someone picks up the vacuum cleaner by the handle of the machine, which on this model also is the controller for the self-propelled transmission, it places too much strain on the actuator arm of the vacuum cleaner.

You can do the best to try and not pick up the machine by the handle, but instead using the carrying handle on the back of the vacuum cleaner, this is distribute the weight much better, and even make the machine seem less heavy, and this will also prevent the actuator arm from breaking again in the future.

Now for fixing your vacuum, Please click the link below for an excellent tutorial on how to replace this part;

How To Replace The Actuator Arm On a Self-Propelled Hoover Windtunnel Upright Vacuum


We have also put together a very helpful video for your vacuum cleaner on how to replace the belts. The belts on this model are also a frequent issue we see with these self-propelled Winddtunnels. In fact, for best results you should change the belts once a year, even if they are not broken, because they do heat up and stretch to a point where they don't work as well as a new belt would. The video also explains how you can maintain the roller brush will help you get the longest life possible out of your belts.

Video Repair on How To Replace The Belts Hoover Windtunnel Self-Propelled;



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SOURCE: self propel unit broken

This is a farily common repair on this model. What ends up happening is that when someone picks up the vacuum cleaner2_bing.gif by the handle of the machine, which on this model also is the controller for the self-propelled transmission, it places too much strain on the actuator arm of the vacuum2_bing.gif cleaner.

You can do the best to try and not pick up the machine by the handle, but instead using the carrying handle on the back of the vacuum cleaner, this is distribute the weight much better, and even make the machine seem less heavy, and this will also prevent the actuator arm from breaking again in the future.

Now for fixing your vacuum, Please click the link below for an excellent tutorial on how to replace this part;

How To Replace The Actuator Arm On a Self-Propelled Hoover Windtunnel Upright Vacuum

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