Question about Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

1 Answer

Kirby g3 tech drive

Kirby g3 model, when put in drive mode, only the forward works no reverse, any suggestions, i dont have a manual so anything would be helpful

Posted by clinton_hall on

  • 1 more comment 
  • NorthPeoria Apr 07, 2009

    I have to put my kirby in Neutral in order to vac. When I put it in drive the it's VERY, VERY hard to puch and when I reverse it locks up and skipsaoong the carpet. It's harldly a year old. Any suggestions would be much appreciated! :)

  • NorthPeoria May 12, 2009

    my unit is not even a year old yet. When in drive it will move but it is extremely hard to push, so I push the neutral button and it works fine, just hard to push

  • Rocky
    Rocky May 11, 2010

    Did any of you guys had anyone work on the Kirby before it happen or it just started acting up all of the sudden?



1 Answer


  • Level 1:

    An expert who has achieved level 1.

    Problem Solver:

    An expert who has answered 5 questions.

  • Contributor
  • 5 Answers

So when u pull it back it's like it's not engaged at all? then it maybe the reverse is out....with the fwd soon to follow. remember the vac is 20yrs old; & working that long? it definately served it's purpose.
depending how much money you wanna spend on it buying a new or used trans. plus labor...or just an ebay used unit.

Posted on May 12, 2009


Add Your Answer


Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

My Kirby G3. The power assist (DRIVE) takes off and does not allow the vaccuum to return. It has a very strong drive assist. How do I get it to reverse and not just drive?

I do not know much about Kirby G3. Did you read the instructions because sometimes we over look a part or we didn't understand the instructions and it might be a important part of the machine. Also it might be a faulty chip in the vacuum not telling it to drive instead of reverse.

Nov 01, 2016 | Kirby Vacuums

1 Answer

Tech drive has no power forward.

Dear Sir:
Download the instruction manual from Kirby, and see the section troubleshooting guide. And proceed according. If you say do not enough power. The batteries can be Not good replace or recharge very well.
Or test the power cord and trafo, and see if the power is o.k or replace. Use the VOM for to test the output voltage.
Another faulty can be the motor some winding inside is overheating and consequently faulty.
God bless you

May 27, 2012 | Kirby G4 Bagged Upright Vacuum

1 Answer

Kirby G3

Beginning with the G series, G3 and G4 had round openings for the dirt intake. Prior models had oval so they will not fit, so find G3 or G4 bags and you will be set

Sep 09, 2009 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

1 Answer

Kirby G3 shampooer

The Kirby shampoer lays a layer of dry foam on the surface of the carpet and then scrubs it back off with a rotating brushroller. You can get more details of how to use one here...

Here is a step-by-step guide to help you out!!

Hope this helps,

Jun 21, 2009 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

1 Answer

Kirby G3, no manual & would like to shampoo

I have the same issue...just got a used G3...but no manual. If you go to the Kirby website, there are videos on several issues...may help.

Mar 15, 2009 | Vacuums

1 Answer

How do i put a belt on my kirby vaccum

here is a link to a site with step by step instructions for replacing a belt on any G series also works for the new model.
Hope this helps! :)

Feb 24, 2008 | Kirby Ultimate G Bagged Upright Vacuum

1 Answer

Kirby G5 vacuum

Here is a link to the help you need,,,

The G5 manual is out of print, but the G6 and Ultimate G models are exactly the same and wil work perfectly for your questions.

Sep 17, 2007 | Kirby G5 Bagged Upright Vacuum

3 Answers

Kirby G3 - jump - skip problem

Hi, Try logging your post on the Kirby Trading Forum at - you'll be sure to get a reply. John

Jun 12, 2007 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

4 Answers

My G3 works with the hose, but not with the Tech Drive

Try removing the nozzle and poking a screwdriver in the little slot for the safety switch and seeing if it runs. Maybe the nozzle's poker isn't pushing it in adequately?

Apr 30, 2007 | Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum

Not finding what you are looking for?
Kirby Generation 3 Bagged Upright Vacuum Logo

Related Topics:

387 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Kirby Vacuums Experts

Paul Bade

Level 3 Expert

1666 Answers

Brad Brown

Level 3 Expert

18519 Answers


Level 3 Expert

85239 Answers

Are you a Kirby Vacuum Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides