The vacuum transmission may be having problems
since when it is turned on it takes off
in overdrive. You can't pull it backwards
since the wheels are spinning so fast.
Is this an item or adjustment that I
can make myself?
I believe it is handle piviot spring assy. It's sounds $$$$ but I think it just needs a simple adjustment. you will need to have a repair shop look at it. I would pick one that offers free estimates. This way you should only have to pay for the labor. Hope to save you a little $$$$$
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First thing to check is if when pushing pedal it moves gears located on the rear Kirby transmission axle (you will have to take cover shell off to see that)
If that works fine then primary belt may be broken. If it is then just replace entire set to make sure that belt type matches gears and the set is not that expensive
Last and the most expensive problem - the main transmission belt within transmission is broken (then I would recommend replacing entire transmission ) Kirby Transmission Troubleshooting
I sold vacuums for almost 20 yrs and the Kirby gets lots of complaints. The transmission that it has in it breaks as your has and they are costly.The best thing to do would be to take the maching to the local vacuum store(eg. sewing and vacuum are often in the same store).Bring it to a used vac store and they all repair kirby and thay can give you the best advice. I dont recommend going to kirby as thay will spend four hours at your house trying to sell you a newer model and they have not changed enough to get another one in hopes it will be betrter. Good luck
This is an easy fix you do not have to fully remove transmission it does help to lower it down by removing screws. Then try to get the right angle and realign the splines I have fixed mine twice, the second time I put thread locker on it and have not had any problem. Steve
I know the lever you're describing, but it's very hard to tell someone how to put it back on. There's nothing wrong with your transmission, by the way, this is a part that's meant to be moveable, and it just happened to slip off in your case. You may call us at 1-866-509-1952, and we can do our best to help you.