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E/lux Ultralux Classic - cord rewind repair
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Post# 369087   3/24/2017 at 14:21 by Jasper (Minnesota)        

Can anyone share a link that shows how to rebuild or repair an E/lux Ultra Classic cord re-winder (preferably video)? It is reluctant to totally wind up. I suspect some lubing or adjusting to correct it because I can occasionally get it to mostly rewind if I work at it (which is taking more and more time).
If not repairable could a working cord re-winder from a Model 1505 replace it?
Thank you for any help!


Post# 369184 , Reply# 1   3/25/2017 at 16:06 by Paul (MN)        

I've never personally worked on one, but I have been at a repair shop where the mechanic just extended the cord several feet and locked it before removing the cord winder. Then, he just manually wound the cord around the reel (like one would do with a window shade that had weak tension), re-attached the cord winder, and voila-it worked like new. The springs sometimes need rewinding or replacing, but I understand that it's a risky endeavor better left to those with training.

Also, an old maintenance tip for smooth operation of cord winders is to coat the cord every so often with talcum powder.

One Procedure:
1) Extend the cord almost to its entire length and lock it in place. I think all the plastic Aerus (Electrolux) plastic tanks have a marking on the cord, so it isn't over-pulled.
2) Sprinkle hands with talcum powder.
3) Grasp cord in hands and retract it letting it pass through hands. Stop and repowder hands as needed till the entire cord is coated.

Hope you can repair it on your own!

Post# 369222 , Reply# 2   3/25/2017 at 21:58 by Jasper (Minnesota)        
Re-winder repair

Thanks for your quick help. I'll try the talcum powder and the "window shade" idea. I can see that disassembling the whole re-winder would probably result in it totally unwinding. I can't imagine REwinding it after that.

Post# 369228 , Reply# 3   3/25/2017 at 23:18 by Paul (MN)        

No problem.

I found this Youtube video, too, that may help.

Post# 369235 , Reply# 4   3/26/2017 at 06:56 by vacuumlad1650 (North-East Illinois)        

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That guy in the video doesn't know what he's doing...that is defiantly Not how you open up an Electrolux canister! It breaks the plastic canister body. He is just a DIY guy.

Post# 369278 , Reply# 5   3/26/2017 at 17:31 by Jasper (Minnesota)        
Cord re-winder - rewind

Thank you all. I will try these fixes in 12 minutes.


Post# 369312 , Reply# 6   3/27/2017 at 12:07 by Jasper (Minnesota)        
E/lux cord rewinder

I think I found the error in the rewinder. The coiled spring had slipped off a reel or take-up wheel of some sort. Now that it is back on it seems to be working. I'll let you know if it was a good fix.

Post# 369743 , Reply# 7   4/1/2017 at 15:56 by Paul (MN)        

Good for you, Jasper. You're welcome for the help.

Post# 370804 , Reply# 8   4/15/2017 at 18:04 by Jasper (Minnesota)        
Ultralux Classic cord rewind repair

UPDATE: The cord would not rewind again, so I disassembled it again and found that the spring "take-up" reel may not have had enough of the spring wrapped around it to allow for full withdrawal of the cord. In that case it came off the reel again and would not withdraw or pull out.
The "window shade" concept occurred to me and I wrapped more of that spring around that reel and wrapped cord around the cord reel. Now it seems to allow full withdrawal of the cord AND rewind.
Let's see how that works.

Post# 370805 , Reply# 9   4/15/2017 at 18:31 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Past the metal body Elux canisters, I'm in unfamiliar territory (never done one). But I have all the way back to the G. They're all similar and seem to befuddle some.....even to the extent of self-injury. However, once you complete your first one correctly, all future repairs are relatively benign to body and face.


Takes me about ten minutes total to do a Diamond J rewind assembly if nothing is broken; cleaning the shafts, getting out all the dirt, repositioning reel & spring, lubing spring, cleaning the contacts and lubing with dielectric grease.  The real key is to leave at least one full spring wrap layer on the small reel when the cord is pulled completely out.



Post# 370870 , Reply# 10   4/17/2017 at 12:02 by Jasper (Minnesota)        

Your final conclusion was the key for me. Thanks for sharing of your experience.
(You're right about the possibility of injury. If the spring suddenly gets out of control and unwinds itself I think it could do some serious damage to fingers.)

Post# 370874 , Reply# 11   4/17/2017 at 12:23 by Real1shep (Walla Walla, WA)        

Yeah when I did my first, I didn't leave enough wraps (if any) on the small reel when the cord was pulled out.  I don't know if someone ever did a vid on youtube or not. I actually like the mechanism and its durability. I suppose it's possible to break a spring.....or at least the end where it slides onto that keeper....but I've never seen one just break. Even not working, I've been able to restore far.


I think I had a G spring once that came with a broken end....I made a new hole and copied another one exactly with a Dremel. You could probably lose an inch or so without any ill effects on the mechanism's function. Lots of bum winder assemblies out there on eBay too for parts if you get into a bind.



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