Vacuum Roller Brush Drive Belt Replacement
Vacuum Roller Brush Drive Belt Replacement

[Vacuum quits]
Today on Repairs101 weíre going to be changing the drive-belt on the power brush head for
this vacuum cleaner ñ the Filter Queen Majestic. OK now as with any repair on any appliance
you want to disconnect its electrical supply before you get started. Iíve disconnected
the power supply of course first and Iíve taken the power head off of the end of the
wand just to make it easier to deal with. And, you know, itís all predictably bound
up with hair so you just want to get some scissors and cut and pull at it. OK so we
want to get these screws out. These four screws here are going to take the cover off the top,
this part here. But what we want to do is take off the bottom plate so we can access
the roller brush. Weíre going to need a Phillips head screwdriver. The technical term for this
is a recessed cruciform drive but itís known universally as the Phillips. Just pull that
off. OK got the two screws out and it just pulls off like that. Nice and easy and of
course the company has provided: to adjust belt and brush or to adjust worn brush, and
the instructions on how to do that. Thereís the belt. You can see that itís
no longer ñ oops ñ there you go. ìWell thereís your problem right there, Verne.î
Of course now in order to replace this broken belt I am going to have to take off the top
cover. Before I go any further to replace this broken belt here Iím going to remove
the brush. Itís all bound up with hair, which weíll remove. But the most important part
in removing the belt ñ when you do you see all this horrible stuff thatís accumulated
ñ you want to be sure that youíre keeping all the spacers and all the little all the
little end pieces like that in the same place and indexed in the same position. Because
youíll see this has a unique shape and will only fit one way. And so you want to make
sure that it goes back in the same way it came out.
So once youíve got the brush off you just take off the top cover. You just take the
top cover off by removing these four screws here. Man it looks like Iím really going
to have to vacuum now. Take these screws out. Alright. Take those, take those put them aside
and just flip the top cover off and that gives us access to the drive shaft. Thereís the
drive motor there and thereís its drive shaft. And thatís what weíre trying to get access
to. Now before you go and put on the belt youíre
going to want to examine the brush itself. And if you give a little roll test to the
ends, well this oneís moving nice and loose. Pull it off and you can see thereís some
crud. It looks like itís been greased not too long ago so itís moving pretty good.
This other end on the other hand is very, very stiff. Pull that off and you can see
that itís all bound up with hair and debris. You just peel that out of there. Just get
in there with the end of a screwdriver you know and look at the grab a seal pick if youíve
got one but this screwdriverís working out just fine. There you go. Nice and clean. OK
Iím just going to put a drop of tenacious oil in here.
Remember what I said about these pieces here and how theyíre unique and youíve got to
keep them in the same place. And they will only index in one direction.
Of course on the end of the axis are these cards that you can peel off, just peel them
off like that. They ride in this groove which also fills with hair and needs to be cleared
in order for it to be free running. Digging away at it like this with the scissors, any
knife or what-have-you any kind of scraping device. Pull on it like that and then once
thatís clear you can put this divider back on. Itís very simple, again look at the other
one as well. Just going to peel that off, have a look inside. Nowhere near as bad but
of course you can get something so you just give it a little dig with the scissors and
out it comes. So this is regular routine maintenance for a machine like this, you know you want
to get a lifetime out of a machine because itís a very expensive thing to purchase.
And this is the kind of maintenance you can do on it to ensure that you will get a lifetime
of use out of your appliances. Weíre just going to put those back on just like that
one. The brush has to go in the right way to accommodate for the belt drive area right
here. So when youíve got your brush cleaned to your satisfaction, you got all the hair
out at the dividers here and the end bearings as well then youíll be ready to put it back
in. Now of course the first thing you want to do is put the new belt on because itís
going to have to fit through here and reach back to the motor. So that it all drops right
in sorry from end to end Ö letís seeÖ youíre going to line that end up and come over here
and line this end up so that it drops in like that ñ oops ñ that goes in that slot just
like that. OK so now the rollerís been put back and the belt is here. Because I donít
like fumbling with things if I donít have to, Iím going to put these floor rollers
back and see they just snap in to place right there and the other one came right apart,
fell out but Iíll just put the axle back in and then snap it right back into there.
Theyíre very loose fitting. And now I going to put the now Iím going to put the bottom
plate back on just to make sure all that stuff stays in place While Iím reattaching the
belt. So the bottom plate was just held on with these two screws. Spin those back in
real quick. Now when youíre driving the screws home keep in mind what I always say about
torque and that is donít over-torque fasteners. In this case youíve got steel screws biting
into a plastic housing. And in a contest between steel and plastic and in this case steel will
win and it will just destroy the plastic and then youíll have nothing left to bite into
anymore. So now Iíve got the roller in place, I can flip it over. My drive belt here right
in front of the drive motor and Iím just going to give it a tug with my little Phillips
head screwdriver. Just hold onto it like that, just going to pull it over, slip it on and
itís in place. And it will self-centre. OK it will find its own preferred place to ride.
There we go just paddle it around by hand a little bit. You can see itís self-centring.
If your light-bulb is burned out now would be a good time to change it. Itís just a
spring loaded bayonet mount type light-bulb. Same kind you have in old automotive. You
see, two post. Push it in bayonet style mount push in and turn. Push in and turn to pull
out, push in and turn to mount. Four more screws and weíre done. Here we go. OK Iíll
just spin down the last screw and we are ready to plug the machine back in and clean up the
mess. So all I need to do is reconnect the wand, connect the power source, Iíve already
plugged the machine in. [Roller brush whirs]
Sweet. [Vacuum runs]

5 thoughts on “Vacuum Roller Brush Drive Belt Replacement”

  1. Repairs101 says:

    @jenzeppelin The vacuum is an old timer, probably 30 years old or more. I've had it nearly ten years and it still runs better and stronger than my much newer ShopVac.

  2. CJ says:

    This is what take all the fun out of fixing modern vacuums, i love repairing random things & i currently have a 'Henry hoover' fibreglassed one of the wheels back on him. Good vid as usual.

  3. Josh Welborn says:

    It's not often the words "good looking" and "vacuum cleaner" find eachother. But damn, that's one good looking vacuum cleaner! Also, next time I'm working with my buddy I'm gonna ask him to pass the recessed cruciform drive…."What?" He'll say. "PHILLIPS DAMNIT!"

    Love the channel!

  4. Michele Bolton says:

    Thank you for this video. I followed all steps and the belt is good. put it all vack togethet but the brush doesnt spin. could anything else be wrong? I have ensured the brush was completely cleaned and out back in in the correct alignment.

  5. Cathy Shadlyn says:

    I was a bit nervous about changing the belt myself, but didn't want to pay a ridiculous price to have someone else do it. I feel completely confident in proceeding now. Thanks so much!

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