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You'll need to replace the belt.
On uprights with rubber belts, the belts need to be replaced every 3-6 months due to the fact that since the belts are rubber, they stretch, and once they stretch out they decrease the rotational speed of the brushroll, which results in a lack of agitation.
While this is not a function of the "suction," it still will make it so that your vacuum does not pick up as well. Many manufacturers are betting that you won't replace your belt often enough, so that when you try their new machine, it will pick up better than your old one.
To replace the belt on most uprights of this nature, you'll want to remove the base plate and the brushroll. Place the belt around the motor pulley, which is the metal shaft sticking out of the main motor. Then put the other end of the belt around the brushroll pulley, and pull the brushroll into place.
Replace the baseplate, ensuring that the belt is not pinched between the brushroll and the housing.
Turn the machine on to ensure that the brushroll spins, and you're finished.
Posted on Jul 31, 2008
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