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I have a Steamvac WidepathLS. The plunger assembly on the bottom of the shampoo tank won't stay in. It slide up into the hole with the spring, but won't stay.

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Check the valve at the bottom of the tank, Check for cracks around where the valev is at the bottom of the tank, if cracked, replace the tank. With the tank off, can you see the rod in the handle move up and down when you squeeze the trigger. The part that the tank sits on is acalled a resevoir asm. it may have gone bad, or the seal is out of place.

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won't spray out water to wash neither with the hand attachment, nor with the floor shampooer! This was a lemon since I got it. They made me send it to Madison Wi which was costly enough but then they kept it for months, then they sent it to one of their offspring stores and I had to drive an hour and back to pick it up! This is all at my expense. I used it 2-3 times and I have the same problems again! They said is was a pump, but how many pumps can a person go through being I use this machine like 1-2 times per year??? I need to use it in my motorhome and thought the hand attachment would work, but it won't spray either! HELP.

Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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It appears that there is a problem with the o-ring design. The o-ring should maintain a certain OD dimension and keep the spring assembly from pulling throught the hole. I am trying to find the service manual to locate the o-ring part number but have had little luck so far. I think that hoover should have maybe used a higher derometer material.

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you will have to replace the complete water tank assy. i have tried without any luck to get this valve to stay in place.

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The tank lid is not securely shut. Or you have stopped up machine full of carpet lint and dirt. Take it apart starting with the lid and make sure its locked down good if that isnt it ..clean out your machine.

Posted on Nov 03, 2008

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  • First a short explanation of how the Kirby shampoo system works: Kirby uses a “Dry Foam” type of shampoo. Basically, it spreads a shampoo foam solution on the surface of your carpet. This foam needs to stay on the surface of the carpet until it is completely dry (usually 1 to 2 hours depending on temperature and humidity) As the foam dries, it soaks up grease and dirt. You then vacuum the carpet and up comes the shampoo residue along with the absorbed dirt and grease. It does a very good job on the surface but will not extract stains from the bottom of the carpet or carpet pad. Several other brands such as Electrolux, Hoover and Koblenz make Carpet Cleaning machines that use the same system.
    So, you’ve read your manual, you’ve removed the carpet cleaning nozzle and the bag assembly from your Kirby, you’ve installed your shampoo tank and carpet shampooing nozzle tray and you start to shampoo but all you get on your carpet is a puddle of soapy water and no foam. Here’s a few things to look for:
  • Make sure you are using a Dry Foam Shampoo(preferably Kirby) and NOT an extraction shampoo, the Rug Doctor shampoo you had left over from your last rental will not work.
  • Make sure you have the correct mixture. If you are using Kirby Dry foam shampoo you simply fill the tank with water and put a tank cap full of shampoo in with the water. You can use other brands of “Dry Foam” shampoo, but the mixture ratio may be different, so read the label first.
  • Don’t reuse last year’s leftover mixture, it’s probably no good.
  • Make sure a family member didn’t pour any leftover mixture back into the empty shampoo bottle - further diluting a mixture will not produce any foam.
  • Don’t use shampoo that’s seen extreme temperatures.
  • Check the tank and make sure that the sponge filter is in place and if it is in place that it is not deteriorated. The sponge filter is located under the tank at the point where you attach the tank to the hole that you removed the bag assembly from.
  • Check the hose that runs from the tank to the nozzle. It should have a screen in the end that attaches to the tank (older models had a cloth screen with a metal retainer, models after 1989 have a 1 piece metal and plastic screen.

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In my case when I pulled the trigger on the upholstery hose I barely got a drizzle of water. After looking at the parts online I realized the valve assembly on the spray end of the hose consisted of a black valve housing, with an inner spring and a white plunger part that sprays the water. The white plunger should move noticeably when the trigger is pulled. Since all 3 part of that valve assembly were replaceable I decided to try and take it apart. First I removed the 2 silver screws on the cover of trigger end of the hose and lifted out the valve assemble. The white plunger part was basically frozen in the black valve assembly. Tried pulling the white plunger out by hand wouldn't budge. So I use a pair of plier and pulled the white part out. Sure enough the whole inside was caked with what appeared to be old dried cleaner. I rinsed the spring and the white plunger. There were o-rings on the white plunger, I did not remove them but used an old tooth brush to clean out around them then reassembled. The white plunger now freeing slides a noticeable distance when the trigger is depressed and getting a large V shaped spray pattern. Lesson learned, I will now make sure I run plenty of plain water through the hose to rinse all the cleaner out after using it .

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The water won't stay in the tank...


you will have to replace the complete water tank assy. i have tried without any luck to get this valve to stay in place.

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Hoover Steam Vac Dual Tank Bottom Valve Spring Assembly Part Needed


It appears that there is a problem with the o-ring design. The o-ring should maintain a certain OD dimension and keep the spring assembly from pulling throught the hole. I am trying to find the service manual to locate the o-ring part number but have had little luck so far. I think that hoover should have maybe used a higher derometer material.

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Hoover™ SpinScrub™ SteamVac has a department for shampoo. My shampoo leaks out of the bottom and will not stay in for me to do my floors. Can this be fixed?


Check the valve at the bottom of the tank, Check for cracks around where the valev is at the bottom of the tank, if cracked, replace the tank. With the tank off, can you see the rod in the handle move up and down when you squeeze the trigger. The part that the tank sits on is acalled a resevoir asm. it may have gone bad, or the seal is out of place.

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Clean water will not dispense. only the shampoo will dispense


If this a V2 steamvac, then maybe the valve at the bottom of the tank needs to be replaced. The tank sits on a reservior asm, check to make sure the rod in the handle is hitting it, if it is, then the reservior asm. may be bad.

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If the seal and plungers are ok(bottom of tank), then most likely have a crack on the bottom of the tank, lot of times it will be under the seals, breaks away and will like out.

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Hoover Steamvac Widepath 6500 leaks


You didn't give your model number, but if this is a V2, you may have a crack in the tank, alot of times it is underneath the seal on the bottom. Or the plunger at the bottom of the tank is stuck open or missing.

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Cleaning solution will not dispense


This seems to be a very common problem with the FloorMate, and fortunately it seems to be about the only glaring problem with this otherwise fantastic machine. Worst-case scenario - you will need to merely buy a NEW solution tank for your FloorMate to fix this problem. Here's the mend, on the cheap.

First, do this since it's preventative maintenance that likely is long overdue anyway:
Unplug the machine and remove both reservoirs.
Release the handle as if you were about to use the machine and lay it all the way down. Do this on a counter top with the brush head over or near the sink, or alternately a kitchen table works fine too, just have plenty of towels or paper towels on hand to catch any liquid.
Push the nozzle release tabs outward and take the nozzle off of the machine.
Press the brush release buttons and remove it as well.
Use an old toothbrush and some dish detergent in the sink to clean all the parts as good as possible internally.
Flip the FloorMate over so the underside of the head is facing up. Check the tiny holes where the brush assembly goes, and verify there aren't any clogged [there shouldn't be since dirt never reaches this area]. That is where the solution dispenses from and is dispersed by the spinning brushes.
Reassemble the freshly rinsed brush assembly and nozzle into the head of the unit and close the nozzle latches.

Now, on to the problem at hand:
What I found was the problem with my FloorMate not dispensing any fluid was that the plunger inside the solution tank was pushed up too far into the body of that tank. It is a little black piece, about 2 inches long, is shaped like a pin, and should descend from that hole about one eighth of an inch or so. Since mine [and likely yours] is up in there too high [mine was flush with the bottom of that hole], when you put the tank back into the FloorMate, the post inside the drain hole in the FloorMate isn't sufficiently reaching your recessed plunger to push it up inside the tank which then would allow the cleaner to dispense.

To remedy this, I'll list what I think is the easiest remedy first, followed by how I did it by trial and error:

I recommend using a tartar scraper like the dentist uses, about $2 at Walmart in the toothpaste aisle.
What you're trying to accomplish is to pull the plunger down about an eighth of an inch, as it has slid up further inside the rubber stopper it's attached to than it should be. Don't use too much force when attempting this repair as you might pop the plunger out of the tank completely. If so, see the ALL IS NOT LOST! section further down.
Open the solution reservoir and empty it, and then reinsert the top cap in the event the parts come loose so they won't fall out and go down the drain or otherwise.
Turn the reservoir upside down.
Put the curved end of the tartar scraper into the small drain hole in this reservoir, hook it just above the black plus-sign shaped part of the plunger, and pull down slightly but not too much. You want the two little black plastic "wings" on the bottom of the plunger to extend below the bottom of the drain hole. If you use too much force when pulling, you'll likely dislodge the entire plunger from the rubber stopper and spring that are inside the reservoir. If this happens, ALL IS NOT LOST! :) Just use patience and good lighting, and keep your work area neat and dry, and see two paragraphs down.

TESTING
Once the plunger is now sticking out of the bottom of the reservoir on its own, fill it up with tap water and hold it upright over the sink. It should not be dripping, but a few drops is not a deal breaker either - this rubber stopper/plunger is to keep the tank from leaking/dripping/draining while you're refilling the tank and putting it back in the machine. A few drops coming out is harmless.
Use the tip of a finger and, holding the tank upright, push up on the plunger. Water should run freely. If so, stand the FloorMate in its locked upright position on the counter or kitchen table and reinsert the tank. If at the sink, put the edge of the brush head over the sink, or if you're at the table place a hand towel under the brushes. Pull the trigger and hold it, and you should see the flow continue uninterrupted until the tank is empty, about 3 minutes [the sink is obviously better, here].
If it emptied completely, your work is done. Pat yourself on the back and go clean your floor! :)
If not, take the tank out and try to pull the plunger down just a little bit further, but not beyond one quarter of an inch from the bottom of the drain hole. Keep doing this until you have satisfactory results.
Note that the solution should dispense SOMEWHAT evenly from the brushes while you're testing this - don't worry if it's running fast out of one or more brushes and only dripping from others. The spinning action of the brushes spreads the solution out evenly. What you want to watch for is that the flow continues uninterrupted until the tank is empty.

ALL IS NOT LOST!
Here's how I did this repair during my trial and error investigation:
I used needle-nosed pliers and reached down inside the top hole in the solution tank.
I squeezed the top of the black plunger pin slightly and pushed down until it came out of the bottom of the tank. What remained inside [now loose in the tank!] were the rubber stopper and the spring that sits atop that stopper. I shook them out of the tank and reinserted the spring into the same-size part of the stopper, dropped it into the tank and played a game of skill & chance until I got it back where it was supposed to be and then inserted my tartar scraper into the hole from the bottom, up through the center of the stopper and the spring assembly, and pulled the spring down slightly to get it all back where it needed to be. Challenging but it took less than two patient minutes to do this.
Now turn the tank upside down again and carefully reinsert the plunger into the stopper, but don't push too hard. Make sure you're pushing in a straight line as your goal is to go all the way through the center of the spring and back into the retaining hole above the spring.
Now that the plunger is back home, you'll see it's sticking out about one half of an inch from the bottom of the tank - entirely TOO much!
Using the blunt handle end of my tartar scraper, I pushed the plunger firmly back into place until it bottomed out, causing it to reseat with the rubber stopper. I had to do this about 5 times before only the two plastic "wings" were sticking out from the bottom of that hole. Be careful you don't slip and slice open an artery on you or someone nearby. Perhaps consider using a less-sharp tool for this step if you're not sure of yourself here. Once the plunger is where it should be, see the TESTING section above to make sure you're in the clear.

Since other's solutions posted for this problem are too vague and possibly suggests you modify your FloorMate unnecessarily which will likely lead to future and perhaps irreparable problems, and my solution is very wordy, I'm going to soon make a repair video and post it on YouTube and I'll link to it here in my solution so you can watch instead of read.

Good luck, be careful, and enjoy using your FloorMate once again. :) WHEEEEEEE!!!

Dan


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