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Replacing a belt on the Riccar 8850...I see how the brush assembly will work with the new belt. But I don't see how a new belt will turn on the small rod extending from the motor. Is there a pully missing?

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There is not a pulley missing, when the belt is tight the shaft will turn the belt but when the belt loses elasticity it will slip on the shaft when being used on the carpet. Replace the n
belt at least once or twice per year.

Posted on Mar 06, 2015

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Posted on Dec 15, 2009

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SOURCE: My Riccar 8850 stopped running.

Greetings from GoVacuum,

If the light on your Riccar 8850 is coming on, but the motor is not coming on, this indicates that your motor has gone bad. There is a reset switch on the back of the vacuum cleaner that sometimes trips if the bag is too full, or the filters are not maintained, but when this happens nothing on the vacuum comes on including the headlight. If the headlight is coming on, this indicates that electricity is making it down to the headlight, and the current is going through, but just not activating the motor. This is a tell tale sign of your motor being bad, and needing replacement. You can purchase the motor for the Riccar 8850 (12 AMP, 2 stage motor, Riccar part D113-1700 $122.44) from GoVacuum by giving us a call, as we don't yet have this part on our website.

I hope this helped you. We have been fixing Riccar's for over 30 years, and they are great vacuum cleaners, and the age of the model 8850 is probably the life expectancy of this vacuum cleaner.

Chris Jones
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Posted on Mar 18, 2010

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SOURCE: My Riccar 8850 belt works but the roller will not spin

I see this same problem posted repeatedly here. The only solutions offered are to "change the belt". When most people state that they've changed the belt and still have the same problem the recommendation is usually "are you sure you changed the belt correctly?".

Bogus. This is a major design issue with the Riccar 8800 series vacuums. It has something to do with the roller and clutch assembly. Either people must replace these every 3-4 months, as they fail at a cost of $50+, or there is another solution and this solution is something other than "change the belt".

Posted on Mar 19, 2010

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SOURCE: model 8850 riccar no suction

The bag has a cardboard collar with latex. It must seal over the inlet. Make sure not to tear the bag when replacing.

Is the cover closing properly? The cover seals against a gasket. The same with the filter.

If this is ok, then there probably is still something clogged in the system, Up inside the bottom of the vacuum there is a hole where the dirt goes in to get to the bag. That's where the clog probably is. Also if If the belt is stretched, then it can't turn the brush rol under load, if you haven't chenged it in the last 6 months, then I would put a new one one. Also check the dirt inlet by the brush roll for a blockage. Last but not least, the base plate on a vacuum must fit tightly against the bottom of the vacuum for it to get good suction. this is a culprit on a lot of repairs so make sure the bottom of the vacuum is put togethere correctly and tightly.

Posted on Apr 04, 2011

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SOURCE: Problem with Riccar 8850 Vacuum There

Hello there, when sparks come flying out of your vacuum cleaner it usually is as a result of messed up connections and power fluctuations.The probability of the motor needing replacement is very high as unless i examine it i cannot say for certain but one thing i can say for certain is that the entire wiring of the unit has to be inspected thoroughly because this is where the main problem would have emanated from. The unit would definitely need other components other than the motor changed this is because if the other components which have been affected dont get replaced then even a new motor will face the same problem after a relatively short period. best refer the unit to an expert to determine the extent to which the other components are affected and what other parts are damaged. Also to determine if the entire motor needs replacement or some part of the motor can still be salvaged.
Hope this support has been helpful?
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Posted on Sep 08, 2011

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Greetings from GoVacuum,

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Thats one of the best vacuums out there.

Take off the bottom plate and you'll probably find that the belt has either come off, broke, or completely stretched out.

If thats not the case, comment back, but I think you'll find that it is.

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