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This is a confusing system that Kirby has designed here. This is a source of many questions that we field on a daily basis. There is an exact procedure that needs to be followed when removing the head of the machine that has the roller brush and belt.
You need to have the dial set to Belt On when vacuuming, but when you first put the head back on after using the attachment hose, shampoo attachment, or replacing the belt, you need to first put the head onto the front of the Kirby with the Belt Off setting, then after it's connected to the front, turn the dial back to belt on.
Here's a helpful video that we've recorded showing the exact proper procedure you need to follow on your Kirby. This will also show you how to do basic maintenance on your Kirby's roller brush.
Hopefully this was helpful for you. If you have any follow up questions, or need further help on anything for your Kirby, please feel free to use the comment field here on Fixya, and I'll be more then happy to answer any of your questions. If you found this helpful, please be so kind and rate my repair helpful, or leave feedback for me.
Below we have recorded a video on how to replace the belt on a Kirby Generation Series G6 Upright Vacuum Cleaner. This easy to understand video will explain step by step how to change the belt, as well as service the roller brush. Learn how to lower the brushes as the beater bar wears out, and how to prolong the life of your belt by doing regular maintenance on the roller brush.
The repair is the same for all Kirby Generation Uprights. I hope this helps everyone! Feel free to contact us if you have any questions about vacuum repair.
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Please see the attached video on how to replace the belt on a Kirby Generation Vacuum Cleaner. This is an easy to follow step by step direction on the proper way to replace the belt, as well as do basic maintenance on your Kirby's roller brush which will prolong the life of your belt greatly if done regularly. I you find this video to be helpful, please be kind and rate it well by clicking the thumbs up icon below.
Feel free to request a repair clarification if you have any quesitons on how to replace the belt on your Kirby.
How to Replace the Belt on a Kirby Generation 3 (G3) Vacuum Cleaner:
First thing , make sure that the roller brush is turning freely.. should spin like a top.. free and easy, if not that is the problem
the bearing on the ends are seized up and it isnt turning and you belt is turning on the motor shaft, thus causing the smoke and burning
ok Imussati here is how you change the belt take the roller brush out and put the belt in the center of the roller brush place the roller brush back in nowtake the name plate and twist it until the hook graps the belt it may seem like it is to tight but keep turning it once you get the belt twisted to the highest point put the nozzle back on the vacuum and lock it down then turn the face plate back the way it was and it should allow the belt to slip around the driveshaft and you are ready to roll. hope this helps
Put the belt on the brush roll, place it in the nozzle, make sure the belt is in the center, turn the big knob on the front until it locks, then install the nozzle on the vac., turn the knob in the other direction, and it will be put on the pulley.
Here is a online guide....it's for the G series Kirbys. They're similar enough that it should help. Pay special attention to the belt lifting process...it's exactly the same as for the Heritage II, and it's also where I think your problem lies. I have a Heritage II manual available too! Hope I have helped...
It is meant to come apart for cleaning it up afterwards. Slip the belt over the roller. One triangular end of the roller is bigger than the other, so keep this in mind when sliding it into the cleaning head. Turn the knob to pick up the belt, just like on the vacuum's regular nozzle. Mount the cleaning head, then turn the knob to set the belt onto the motor spindle.