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My kirby vacuum

I recently replaced the belt on my kirby, now it won't pick up anything. I don't think the brush is spinning because the belt is so tight????

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  • blainer Dec 26, 2007

    can't figure out how to reattach the belt??? it's off when it says on @ it's on when it says off????

  • pbrennan04 Aug 15, 2008

    how do I put the new belt on a G6.

  • Anonymous Aug 20, 2008

    I took the belt out and now that I trying to put the belt on it looks like is reverse when the two green arrows are together it looks like is off and the other way around 

  • edna whitaker Aug 23, 2008

    trying to replace belt can`t get it to go on



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Here is a link to my online guide for belt changing. Hope it helps.


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You have to make sure the belt is on the thing you turn on the base

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