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Kenmore vacuum model 116.3592250 works fine, burn smell

Kenmore 116.3592250 works fine, smells like burning while running. No belt, not sure where to start. Bag is not full

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Is that the one with the direct drive brushroll? those brushroll motors inside the brushroll always go bad. that is one of the worst designs from kenmore. is the brushroll turning?

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