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I have a roomba 551. Have cleaned and removed every bit of dirt and hair off it bu the brush cage won't close when the larger bush is put in. The cage will only click locked on one side, and the other side keeps hitting the brush and won't close. It's almost as if the bursh itself is not even, but this doesn't seem to be the case either. I've even tried removing the yellow rings, but makes no difference. Occasionally it runs fine, but most of the time the roomba just hobbles and clacks as it goes and stops after a few minutes and says to "clean brushes" but the brushes are clean. Any good answers would be appreciated!

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Hi, had the same problem, it was like the main brush no longer fit into it's slot, so the brush cage would not latch. I discovered that the yellow bearing tip on the main brush twists off, and inside I found a lot of hair twisted around the pin. There was so much hair that it had forced the bearing tip to unscrew, making the brush too long to fit in the slot. After I pulled out the hair, the bearing screwed back on perfectly, and it works great now.

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    Amanda Shaffer Jan 30, 2012

    Thank you! This worked like a charm!

  • Timothy Boutillier
    Timothy Boutillier Jan 14, 2014

    Thank you very much. Worked perfectly!

  • Anonymous Apr 10, 2017

    Yay! I've been looking for this solution forever. Couldn't understand why the lid wouldn't shut. iRobot even sent me a new cage cover (great customer service, btw). Thank you!!!!

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