Kirby G3 has stopped running. It used to work with a good kick, now the light flickers for a microsecond, the shaft turns a quarter turn, and then nothing. I took it apart, cleaned and inspected everything, and then it worked smoother than ever, but only one time. Now it won't run at all.
It now has a new cord, the fan is OK, and poking the nozzle and bag safety switches with a screwdriver makes no difference, so apparently it is not them.
Is the problem with the power switch? or The brushes? or something else? Is there some place I can find a wiring diagram, so I know all the wires inside are in the right place?
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Re: Kirby G3 won't run
Sounds like brushes not being pressed down to the commutator shaft. pull out brushes and clean the brass brush guides and then apply a light coat of grease to brushes.
however, what exactly do you mean by "the fan is OK"?
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Hi There, The most common problem by far is that the cord is faulty. This is a pretty easy repair to do at home. If your machine was randomly cutting out before it stopped altogether then the cord is likely the culprit. If however it stopped all of a sudden with no warning then it is possibly a switch or motor issue which is a much harder repair to achieve for a novice. The kirby cords are not terribly expensive (and I have linked a how to video showing how its done) so if you need a new one I would say DIY is the go, otherwise spend the $25 get a pro to take a look.
this could be the impeller fan next to the motor shaft under your attachment hose connection.
to determine this, remove the hose from the unit, and turn the fan shaft with your hand looking down inside the unit. You should see blades on the impeller fan, and they should all look squared off and curved. If any of them are broken or worn, it will make the unit louder than normal.
Also, the hose attchment has an increased noise more than using the brush attchment anyway because it increases the suction for the hose more than on the carpet. IE the motor runs faster giving you more suction.
An Impeller fan for the G3 Kirby will run about 18-39$ for the fan. More for labour.