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Take the screws out of the bottom plate. Take the 2 screws out of the drive motor- opposite end of where the belt goes. Loosen the 2 screws where the belt goes, put the belt on and replace the screws. Make sure to thoroughly clean the brush while you have it apart. Don't oil the bearings. Oil will only make the dirt stick and jam the bearings.
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Your best bet is to visit a vacuum cleaner repair store for parts such as bags, belts, etc. Maybe u can deal directly with the manufacturer but if you do I think they will just refer you to one of their "authorized factory Repair centers."
Below we explain how you can replace a vacuum cleaner belt on the Kirby Generation upright vacuum cleaner. All you will need to perform this repair is a new Kirby Generation Upright Belt, and some time. No tools are needed to perform this repair. This repair is the same for all Kirby Generation models including: G3, G4, G5, G6, Ultimate G, Kirby Diamond Edition, and the Kirby Sentria. The repair procedures have to be followed exactly in order for the vacuum to work properly. This should be done at least once a year even if the belt doesn't break, because these belts will stretch out over that year time period and will not work as well as a new belt would.
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Video Repair on how to Change a Belt on a Kirby Generation Vacuum Cleaner;
Hi Helen. Your Healthy Home vacuum has a lifetime belt. If the belt needs replacing, you should bring it to one of our Authorized Service Centers for repair. Also, here is quick link to troubleshooting steps to assist you:
Your belt should not need replaced unless it has over heated the belt somehow. It has a lifetime belt. There are screws on the bottom of the vacuum that allow the cover of the nozzle assembly to be removed to gain access to the belt area. It may be less cost in the long run to have it looked at by a Riccar repair technician.
Yes there is a belt and yes it is easy to replace it. There are a couple of screws that hold the cover on and then you can just lift out the brush, get the new belt around the motor shaft and then around the brush. The new belt will need to be stretched tight but that is a good thing....
new belts can be purchased at many grocery stores or vacuum repair shops...
Can you please specify the type of model that you have? The model that you listed this repair question under, the S3686 doesn't even have a belt on the vacuum cleaner. The model number can be found on the bottom of the vacuum on a sticker that also contains the serial number.
Please just use the clarification request form here on Fixya, and I will then even take some pictures on how you need replace the belt.
Please see the following video we've shot on how to replace the belt on a Kirby Generation vacuum cleaner. This should explain to you step by step the procedure to replace the belt. If you need to purchase a belt, we can also help you with this.
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There are two things that you should check on this vacuum after running it without a bag inside. The first thing you should check is the filter that is underneath of the vacuum bag. This filter is underneath of a bracket, and the bracket can be removed by pulling straight up on the bracket. The bracket and filter are directly below the vacuum bag inside the vacuum bag housing. If the machine was run without a bag (or the bag fell off) then this filter is most likely going to be extremely clogged. You can simly remove the filter, and run it under hot water until clean. Make sure the filter is 100% completely dry before putting it back in the vacuum and using it. Running the vacuum with a wet filter will destroy your motor.
Now in terms of the belts. Where as the belts don't directly control the suction of the vacuum cleaner, they certainly facilitate the pick up of dirt and debris on the floor. Many people assume that since the vacuum is not picking up from the floor, then the vacuum doesn't have suction. You can test this by pulling out the attachment hose and feeling for suction, is there suction at the end of the hose? If yes, then the reason the vacuum is not picking up on the floor is because of the belts. If you don't have suction at the end of the hose, then you have a clog, some where or a dirty filter.
The belts actually are what spin the brush, and the brush basically sweeps the carpet, and throws the dirt and debris into the suction port, and when the dirt and debris are near the suction port, the suction then takes over and takes it to the bag.
There are two belts on this model, it's best to replace both of these belts at the same time. If you replace just one, then the other belt will wear out quicker. It's always best to replace these two belts in conjunction.
Once you have the belts, and you're ready to replace them, here's a great video that we shot here at Govacuum.com that shows you exactly how to replace these belts, as well as some basic maintenance on your roller brush;
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Most likely your belt wore out and broke.
Here is a handy vacuum repair tutorial that should get you back cleaning.
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When your vacuum starts to lose cleaning power, requiring multiple passes to get an area clean, or the self-propulsion loses its zip, chances are you need to change the vacuum agitator belt. After only a few months of use, most vacuum belts stretch out enough to slip, causing the agitator to spin more slowly. Replacing the belt is quick and inexpensive. New belts are available starting at about $5. Belts come in numerous brands and sizes, so bring the old one to the store for a guaranteed match. Fifteen minutes, two screwdrivers and a new belt are all you’ll typically need to complete the job.