Question about Hoover SteamVac F5914-900 SpinScrub Upright Vacuum

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No spinning. I let a coworker borrow my mother's Steamvac SpinScrub, and she cleaned it before she returned it to us. I tried to use it, but the rollers wouldn't spin, even though it still has suction though. When I turn it on, the motor sounds a bit louder and you can smell what seems to be the motor burning. I took it apart to see if I could fix it myself and I found the mechanism that spins the rollers. It's a disk that spins a screw-like piece of metal, and the screw spins the nearby gears that connect to the rollers. I spun the disk with my hand to see if I could figure out what was wrong, and even though I was spinning the disk as fast as I could, the gears would only barely spin. I'm trying not to call my coworker and explain to her that my mother wants her to pay for a new one, so if there's an easy fix or replacement part for my problem, I need to know. I'd like to see if it's possible to fix it rather than make my friend buy my mother a new Steamvac.

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  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2008

    I'm all set to clean my carpet, soultion is in, water in in tank, turn on my hoover Steam vac spin brush, and the brushes are not spinning!!



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Most common problem when the brushes stop spinning on this model or any "SpinScub" model is that screen filter is clogged as suggested above. If that isn't your problem then likely the turbine has gone bad. Some genius at Hoover designed a metal gear to drive a Nylon gear (Inside the black part that says "Assembled in Mexico". If the brushes jam hard and sudden, the metal gear just shaves the nylon right off. Solution: You will need a new turbine unit. Cost for the part is about $36, installation takes about 15 minutes (about 6 screws and two tubes).
I refurbish and repair vacuums and steam cleaners for a living and see this all the time.

Posted on Nov 12, 2008


My brushes also stopped spinning so I took it apart. (Here is why the brushes stopped spinning on my vac) The motor that spins the brushes (the one that says "ASSEMBLED IN MEXICO")was covered with dirt and grimme. this crap was all over the gears and since this motor is not very powerful, it seazed very easily. After cleaning off the whole inside I lubed the gears with some lube from Walmart and cleaned all the hair and dirt from the brushes. My brushes now spin fine. However, If your gears are worn out then cleaning them will not help, you will need a new motor.

Posted on Jul 11, 2007


There are a bunch of people with this problem. The first thing is to check the little slide out lint trap on the bottom (red on my machine). If this is clogged the brushes won't spin--so I've heard. Check these websites and for the part schematic for the machine

Posted on Jul 02, 2007

I did take my Hoover apart but not with the bottom. You kind of need to take the top off first Take off all the pieces that are easily removeable then, start getting all of the screws out. The top kind of hinges up--I didn't want to do anything I couldn't undo. I picked out some dust and hair there wasn't much inside. I didn't see the belt or anything like that, a big part had a black plastic cover that I was afraid to remove. I put the machine back together and it worked awesome for about one hour. Guess I will try it again. Anymore advice would be greatly appreciated.

Posted on Jul 02, 2007

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