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Does everyone understand there is switch or button that controls the rotating brush? Brushes stop spinning automatically when vacuum cleaner is in the UPRIGHT POSITION.
Because now you should be using the hose and attachments

Shark Vacuums • Answered 3 days ago

Check that the drive shafts and bearings aren't rusted or frozen with junk. Try spraying them with WD40 and gently manipulating them in an attempt to free them up. It may require you manually disassembling some of the casing to get to the drive motor...

Shark Vacuums • Answered 3 days ago

On a vacuum cleaner ... we wonder.

Vacuums • Answered on Jun 17, 2021

You'll have to find out where it's leaking! Its not real hard. I will help you!1. Fill the clean water tank. Check that the valve on this tank doesn't let water through when not on the machine. If it does this the tank is the problem. 2. Take off the 4-6 phillips screws holding the hood on to the machine. They will be on each corner underneath. Be Gentle! Do not break any of the plastic parts. 3. Check where the clean water comes to a L valve. This valve is a very common problem. Place the water tank on the machine. DO NOT hold the handle down. Use paper towel to check for wet spots if you can't see where it is leaking. It should be fairly obvious. 4. If the water is coming from the "back" of the machine or the handle pry the cover off the inside of the handle revealing the hoses. The water release valves may be leaking. Be sure to check all hoses for cracks or breaks. Simply find the water.. and trace it back. 90% of the time it is the L valve which looks like this: put the machine back together not forgetting anything and test!Good Luck!!Vac Dr.

Hoover F6020-900... • Answered on Jun 15, 2021

manufacturer site or online search

Bissell Vacuums • Answered on Jun 08, 2021

try a dealer they have factory connections , we do not

Vacuums • Answered on Jun 06, 2021

The clutch on the brush roller may be worn and not engaging or the wire lever from the slide switch for carpet and tools may have come off the clutch mechanism and won't let you engage the clutch when electing carpet Take the metal plate off the bottom of vacuum and inspect for this condition. There may also be hair etc stuck in either end of the roller.

Simplicity 7850... • Answered on Jun 04, 2021

May you explain more what happen? Did a cap get stuck in the hole? If so take a household vacuum and use the attachment tool to suck the cap out. Need expert help?

Vacuums • Answered on Jun 01, 2021

Contact Kirby direct

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The Sentria Model includes softer lines and gentler curves on its design, giving it a sleek and soft look. The handle was redesigned on this model to provide ...

Kirby Vacuums • Answered on May 31, 2021

There are really two reasons why the self-propelled wouldn't work. It could either be the belts on the vacuum cleaner are stretched or broken. The belts on this model control both the self-propelled transmission, as well as the brush roller. Here's a video that shows you how to inspect the roller brush and belts to make sure that they are installed properly and working. Try this repair first, as this is the easier one to fix.

The other problem if the belts are installed properly that would cause the self-propelled wouldn't work would be the self-propelled actuator arm. There is a cable that starts at the handle of the vacuum, and runs all the way down to the floor head of the vacuum that controls the transmission. As you pull backwards on the handle of the vacuum, the cable pulls this actuator arm backwards, which then turns the wheels backwards, and when you push forward it turns the wheels forward.

The problem with the way it's designed however, is that if you pick up the vacuum cleaner by the handle of the machine rather then using the carrying handle on the back of the vacuum, it causes too much tension on the actuator arm, and will cause the cable to rip right out of the arm.

This is a VERY common problem on this model. To check and see if this part is broken on your vacuum, step on the handle release pedal so that the handle is in the vacuuming position, push the pedal a second time so the machine lays flat on the floor.

Now if you look right behind the height adjustment switch, and the rug / floor switch where the floor part meets the upright part, you should see a cable that connects into the actuator arm. Pull up and down on the handle and look for movement. Is the cable loose with only a nut attached to it, or is it resting in the actuator arm?

Here's a very helpful link that shows you exactly how to replace the actuator arm:
How to Replace the Actuator Arm on Hoover Self-Propelled Windtunnel

If this didn't help you, and the problem is still happening, please just use the add a comment form here on Fixya and let me know that you're still having problems. I'd be honored to go through and do some more advanced diagnosing with you.

I hope this we helpful to you. If you did find this helpful, please be so kind and leave feedback for me. This is why repair professionals like myself continue to come back and give free repair advice, to get the recognition of a job well done.

Thanks so much,

Chris Jones

Hoover U6437-900... • Answered on May 31, 2021

if it spins freely no resistance you probably need a belt.. if the belt is ok then the gears may have striped ck amazon for a head assembly complete.

Dyson Vacuums • Answered on May 25, 2021

Vacuum presumably? No, a new hose won't provide a cure to a non-working vac. Not uncommon for portable tools and appliances to stop working. About 7 times out of ten the fault is traced to an internal break in the power cord, usually within a couple of feet of one end or the other.

Electrolux... • Answered on May 25, 2021

Turn it over when open up and run it. Use the pads of your fingers to try and sop the brush. DON'T stick your fingers in it! All you are trying to do is see if resistance will stop the brush turning. If that passes the test, and the most likely cause is that you have a suction issue. You need to check all the airways from the top of the brush to the waste canister. The canister must also be a good seal. I had one of them and got rid of it for a Dyson.

Hoover Vacuums • Answered on May 25, 2021

Pictures here and referring to this post on Fixya I just repaired the same problem. It is not the motor. There is a defective capacitor in the regulator. Large grey capacitor should have a value of 0.22uF/275V. It was in my case just 85uF. Changed capacitor and it was OK.
  • murray Feb 04, 2012On my s571 vacuum cleaner the power also surges up and down. The root cause is a defective capacitor as the original posting suggests. The large grey capacitor should be 0.22uF/275V as per its marking but when removed it measured 0.06uF. The capacitor is required to feed power to the CPU which controls the speed of the Vac motor. Because the capacitor has been damaged the CPU doesnt get the required power and resets/reboot (ie motor stops/starts). This is actually a design flaw in the module board since the circuit doesn't offer any over voltage protection and either the overvoltage spike which occurs when you switch the vac off OR naturally occuring voltage transients on the power grid degrade the capacitor over time. As a footnote the Australian power grid is 240Vac and the 275Vdc rating on the original capacitor is under rated. The replacement capacitor(s) I used are rated to 400Vdc. They are 0.1uF & 0.1uF wired in parallel to attain 0.2uF. Slightly under the original value capacitance but big enough to power the CPU. PS the other postings claiming that the 0.22uF capacitor is a starter cap for the motor are incorrect. Its a shame that the german engineering is so beautiful BUT the electronics were the weak point.
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Miele Vacuums • Answered on May 23, 2021

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