July 1, 2013

How to replace a vacuum power head ribbed drive belt

By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a vacuum power head ribbed drive belt

This DIY repair guide gives instructions on how to replace a beater bar ribbed drive belt on a canister vacuum. The ribs on the drive belt grip the beater bar, turning the beater bar when the drive motor starts. If the drive belt is worn or broken, the beater bar won't turn. Replace the ribbed drive belt with the manufacturer-approved replacement part. This basic repair procedure works for common Kenmore, Whirlpool, Electrolux, Miele and Panasonic canister vacuum cleaners. If your vacuum's drive belt is cogged instead of ribbed, see How to Replace a Vacuum Power Head Cogged Drive Belt.

Quick links
Tools required
Phillips screwdriver
Work gloves
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less
Repair difficulty
Time required
30 minutes or less

Instructions

  1. 01.

    Remove the assembly cover

    Turn the brush roller assembly upside down and remove the 3  screws that secure the cover. Turn the brush roller assembly upright and remove the cover. 

    Remove the cover screws.

    Remove the cover screws.

    Remove the cover.

    Remove the cover.

  2. 02.

    Remove the brush roller cover

    Remove the 2 screws that secure the brush roller cover. Lift the cover off and set it aside.

    Remove the brush roller cover screws.

    Remove the brush roller cover screws.

    Remove the brush roller cover.

    Remove the brush roller cover.

  3. 03.

    Remove the belt

    Lift the brush roller out of the base and remove the belt.

    Remove the drive belt.

    Remove the drive belt.

  4. 04.

    Install the new belt

    Position the new belt on the motor pulley and brush roller. Push the brush roller back into the base.

  5. 05.

    Reinstall the brush roller cover

    Replace the brush roller cover, insert the screws, and tighten firmly.

  6. 06.

    Reinstall the brush roller assembly cover

    Replace the brush roller assembly cover, insert the screws, and tighten firmly.

Warning: Undertaking repairs to appliances can be hazardous. Use the proper tools and safety equipment noted in the guide and follow all instructions. Do not proceed until you are confident that you understand all of the steps and are capable of completing the repair. Some repairs should only be performed by a qualified technician.

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Main causes: broken drive belt, damaged brush roll, tripped brush roll motor overload, bad brush roll motor, wiring failure

Repair guides for canister vacuums

July 1, 2013
By Lyle Weischwill
How to replace a vacuum beater bar

Replace the brush roll if the bristles ares worn or the cylinder is damaged.

Repair difficulty
Time required
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How to replace a vacuum suction motor

The suction motor on a vacuum creates the draw of air at the cleaning head that picks up dirt. If the vacuum won't run, give it a new life by replacing the suction motor. These steps explain how.

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Time required
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How to replace a vacuum power head cogged drive belt

If the power brush isn't working well because the cogged drive belt is slipping, take a few minutes to replace the belt. These instructions show how.

Repair difficulty
Time required
 30 minutes or less

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