How to Replace a Vacuum Power Head Ribbed Drive Belt


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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.

Repair difficulty:
Time required:

Less than 30 min.

Parts Required

  • Ribbed drive belt for power brush attachment

Tools Required

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Work gloves

Before you begin

Unplug the vacuum cleaner from the wall outlet. Wear work gloves to protect your hands. Detach the power brush assembly from the wand and remove the floor brush attachment from the top of the power brush assembly if your model has one.


 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.

Step 1: 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. 

Step 2: Remove the brush roller cover

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

Step 3: Remove the belt

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

Step 4: Install the new belt

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

Step 5: Reinstall the brush roller cover

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

Step 6: Reinstall the brush roller assembly cover

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