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My U6616- blew a few parts at once. I have a new push-pull cable --- fine. But the valve arm thing is nuts. I have the new arm piece but for the life of me I can't figure out how that ^*%*^$#$&^( spring goes back in!

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I can get you to a parts schematic.

http://www.vacsrus.com/cartgenie/pg_u6607900.asp


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Hoover wind tunnel won't self propel


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The problem with the way it's designed however, is that if you pick up the vacuum cleaner by the handle of the machine rather then using the carrying handle on the back of the vacuum, it causes too much tension on the actuator arm, and will cause the cable to rip right out of the arm.

This is a VERY common problem on this model. To check and see if this part is broken on your vacuum, step on the handle release pedal so that the handle is in the vacuuming position, push the pedal a second time so the machine lays flat on the floor.

Now if you look right behind the height adjustment switch, and the rug / floor switch where the floor part meets the upright part, you should see a cable that connects into the actuator arm. Pull up and down on the handle and look for movement. Is the cable loose with only a nut attached to it, or is it resting in the actuator arm?

Here's a very helpful link that shows you exactly how to replace the actuator arm:
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If this didn't help you, and the problem is still happening, please just use the add a comment form here on Fixya and let me know that you're still having problems. I'd be honored to go through and do some more advanced diagnosing with you.


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To replace the cable, take off the top handle piece, pull out the old cable. The new one will slip in real easy, then slip the medal piece in the slot before pushing the cable all of the way in. Then attach it to the new actuator arm. This is where you would adjust the cable for forward and backward for the transmission.

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