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Beater not turning

Can you explain how to get to the clutch assembly? The beaters are not turning and the vacuum makes a loud ratcheting noise when I try to engage the carpet setting.

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  • DENIJ450 Aug 06, 2008

    My Dyson makes a loud ratcheting sound whenever the beater bar is engaged. I bought a new bar, and replaced it, but it still makes the racket. I bought a new belt, but I can't figure our how to change it. any ideas?



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IT SOUNDS LIKE A ROLLER PROBLEM. REMOVE THE ROLLER COVER AND THEN REMOVE THE ROLLER. TAKE OFF THE ROLLER ENDS. ONE OF THE ENDS PROBABLY HAS SOME MELTED PLASTIC IN IT FROM A BUILD UP OF HAIR OR SOMETHING. SCRAP OUT AND REINSTALL THE ROLLER. GOOD LUCK.

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