Question about Bissell 3522 PowerForce Bagged Upright Vacuum
I assume there is some kind of spring that keeps the handle release pedal in compression against the frame of the vaccuum and when we press the pedal to release the handle, the spring causes the release pedal to spring back, locking into the frame. My question is; where is this sprint, or is it a torsion bar, coil, piston, etc? My handle release pedal doesnt have any spring (it is a dead hand now) so I cannot store the vaccuum in the upright position because it doesnt lock.
I just fixed this on my Bissell PowerForce model #6594 vacuum myself. Woo Hoo for me. :-)
I called the local vacuum repair guy and he told me he'd repair it for me if I insisted but that since my machine only cost about $80 (a lot of money for me) it would not be worth the $40-$50 repair. I should just buy a new vacuum (from him I assume).
My machine works great so I sat down on the floor and after removing 5 screws and a little tinkering I got my machine apart. I had to take the brush and belt area off and then the upright part came off the base. Make sure you unplug your unit before working on it.
Next I could see where the Handle Release Pedal (HRP) on the bottom of the unit had been cracked. It's a molded piece that has a slight curve in it that allows it to spring back into position to hold the vacuum in the upright position or to keep the vacuum from going totally flat.
How it was installed I don't think they meant for it to be easily replaced but after using a screw driver on one side and a letter opener on the skinnier side I pried the molded houseing out from around the HRP just enough to let the it release. I did need a third hand for that part.
Posted on Jul 31, 2009
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