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.
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.
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.
Remove the belt
Lift the brush roller out of the base and remove the belt.
Remove the drive belt.
Install the new belt
Position the new belt on the motor pulley and brush roller. Push the brush roller back into the base.
Reinstall the brush roller cover
Replace the brush roller cover, insert the screws, and tighten firmly.
Reinstall the brush roller assembly cover
Replace the brush roller assembly cover, insert the screws, and tighten firmly.
Replace the brush roll if the bristles ares worn or the cylinder is damaged.
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