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Motor getting really loud!

It's still sucking, but it's really loud, motor-wise. Is there something that I could do regarding troubleshooting before I take it in? I live in the country and am several hours from a repair shop.

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Your Kirby most likely needs a new fan. Please see this link to get the part and do it yourself repair instructions...


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