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Clean water coming out of sides

I have an OLD Hoover SteamVac Ultra (model F5883-900). Clean water is coming out of the sides of the machine, and leaking out of the bottom. It has suction, but it's hard to dry the carpet when more water keeps coming out like that. I have checked the hose attachment for cracks, leaks, etc. the hose appears to be O.K.

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Hoover SteamVac Ultra (model F5883-900) Threw it away, and had to buy a new machine. Sorry, but I found it more difficult to deal with the housing unit on the machine and just couldn't deal with it anymore. I hope you have better luck than I did with it. I couldn't find ANY help on ANY web sites for this model, just too old I guess.

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This sounds like the same problem I'm trying to fix.

When I was trying to clean up a bathroom flood a few months ago, my aunt noticed liquid coming out of the base of our Hoover "Steam"Vac Ultra (F5883-900).  I took the tanks off and noticed that the hand tool hose was broken near where it enters the guts (it appears that flopping the upright part to the floor stretches the hose; repeated stresses when sucking up the rain from our basement a few years ago probably broke the hose).

So I ordered a new hose from Sears Parts Direct (part 2, no. 38671035, from the Cleaning Tool Hose Assembly; US$8.99 (and I had a coupon)) and sat down today to replace it.

This unit was not made to be repaired.  When I tried to prise the clips open to get the old hose out, they broke.  The hose is attached to the hand tool with one-way clips; I reckon I could drill the old ones out and attach the new hose, but the other end is more difficult.  It appears to be hard-wired to the part that plugs in to the base (see part 45 on the Base diagram); the version of the hose I need (part no. 40309032) costs US$80.99 from Sears.  Not gonna happen.

I think I'll stop up the inlet and just keep this thing for a wet vac.  (There should've been a class action lawsuit over the name, IMHO.  How could they call it "Steam"Vac when it uses warm water that's cold by the time it's dispensed?  When my mum bought it, she thought it was a steam cleaner.)  Oxi-Clean and really hot water cleans stuff better, anyway.

That's probably not what anyone reading this wanted to hear, but there you go.

Anyway, I won't buy a Hoover next time.

Peace and love, everyone.

Posted on Jul 28, 2009

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