Model #1162441290 KENMORE Vacuum, Canister

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Q:

How ro wire a relay part # 4152600 on 116.2441290 vacuum.

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Having to work on a vacuum can be a challenge. I have taken the time to research on the Manage My Life website and have found some information that may be useful. While you are waiting for an expert to reply I have attached a link below.

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Priscilla V -
March 09, 2011
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I noticed that my description of the wiring is hard to read. Maybe this will be clearer. The original wiring was: pins 1&2 black to power cord; pin 3 white to switch; pin 4 black to motor; pin 5 blue to switch. The instructions with the replacement say: Pin 1 yellow; Pin 2&3 Blue/black from fuse; Pin 4 Black from motor. Can anyone tell me how to wire the replacement relay? Thanks

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Bill -
March 09, 2011
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I think you received the correct part number, but the wrong part. The part number has not changed and the replacement part should be the same as the original.

I suggest you call Sears Parts Direct at 1-800-252-1698 and ask them to send another relay.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
March 10, 2011
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I have the same problem. Also have followed up with Sears and they assure me this is the current part (4 spades, have send me 2 so far) and that the original did have 5 but was from older model vacuums. While the part number hasnt changed it now starts with a KS. Mine did not come with instructions. Also, there are 2 pins fused on the original relay while the 5th missing tab from the new relay (if you look closely) appears to have been cut off. I could take this to a service place but given the age I am willing to make this 20$ work but not if it costs me anymore to have someone else do it. I requested further assistance and was informed that this forum would let me know how to wire the 5 wires from the 'old' style relay to the 'new' 4 spade relay. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Paul -
June 20, 2011
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I don't have a schematic or instructions for wiring the 4 terminal relay in place of the 5 terminal relay. If 2 terminals on the 5 terminal relay are linked together, those 2 wires are the same. Connect the 2 wires from the 2 terminals that were linked together and put them on the terminal on the new relay that correspond to one of the linked terminals. If you can send us an image of both relays showing the terminals, I can give you terminal numbers to connect the wires to.

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Jimmy K -
Sears Technician
June 21, 2011
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disassemble vacuum

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A vacuum has so many parts it can be difficult to take it apart and put back together. If you feel you have a project that is too much to handle you can visit your local Sears repair shop and they will be happy to assist you, while your waiting on an expert response. I have provided a link below. to help you find your local repair shop. Good luck!

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Jacqueline S -
August 29, 2010
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Thank you for your question.

• To remove the power cord pedal, place the canister unit with the handle facing your stomach.

• Reach with both hands onto the back of the release pedal.

• With your tips or your fingers grip the back edge of the pedal, with the heel off your hands resting on the top of the housing and pull towards your stomach, it will require some force. It feels like you are going to break it, but I have found that to be the easiest way to get it off. It will not break. Be careful that you do not break your finger nails.

• Do not loose the spring. It goes over a pin and docks in a molded circle on the body. When you put the pedal back, get the spring lined up before putting the front tabs into the body and then push done to re-install.

I hope this helps.

Thank you for using Manage My Life.

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Sam A -
Sears Technician
August 30, 2010
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thanks, I knew I had to force it, I just wasn't sure which way

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mebob45 -
August 30, 2010
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Q:

Why won't may Kenmore vacuum cleaner model 116.2441290 turn off?

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You could have the switch wired wrong or you could have a stuck motor relay in the canister of the vacuum cleaner. Try unplugging the hose at the swivel assembly where it is inserted into the canister. This will remove the handle switch from the circuit. Plug the vacuum cleaner in and see if the motor runs. If it does, then the motor relay (part 4152600) will need to be replaced. The image below shows how to remove the hood and canopy to access the motor relay.

If the motor does not run with the hose disconnected from the canister, then the switch is apparently wired incorrectly. It is sending constant voltage through the motor relay to keep it closed so that the motor runs constantly. The wiring diagram sent in the previous answer is not the exact one for your vacuum cleaner but it does indicate how the switch should likely be wired. I recommend that you recheck the wiring of the switch. If you are not able to determine how to wire it correctly, I recommend that you carry the vacuum into a Sears Repair Center to have a technician properly wire the switch. Here is a link for the Sears Service website that has drop-off locations and pricing information: Sears Home Services .

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Lyle W -
Sears Technician
April 13, 2010
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i was not able to pry the cord retract assembly loose. i was afraid to break something else. is there a trick to doing that, or just brute force ?

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john -
June 29, 2010
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