Thread Number: 34470  /  Tag: 50s/60s/70s Vacuum Cleaners
Fixing Kirby handle springs
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Post# 372796   5/27/2017 at 21:12 (386 days old) by Seijun (Portland, OR)        

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I have two Kirby's, a 1CR and a DS50, both with non-functioning spring mechanisms in the handles (part that keeps the handle upright). I opened one up and the spring itself looked fine. I can not figure out what the problem is. Has anyone here dealt with this part of a Kirby before? Any idea which part might be broken? If I can figure out where the problem is, maybe I can order a replacement part.

Post# 372800 , Reply# 1   5/27/2017 at 21:42 (386 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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Fixing these handle springs is a very difficult thing to do. Here's a tutorial for models 516/D80 from this Kirby service manual... make sure you look specifically at the procedure given for models since the 519.


You will need a special spring-winding tool for this (SP123).


Currently available replacement parts:

1005 - handle fork pin spring clip

136373 - handle fork spring bushing clip

137067 - handle fork spring

137173 - handle fork spring shaft

137273 - handle fork spring bushing

137373 - handle fork spring screw

137456 - handle fork spring fiber washer

137579 - handle spring yoke


Thank you,





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Post# 372802 , Reply# 2   5/27/2017 at 22:23 (386 days old) by Seijun (Portland, OR)        

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Thank you! I am currently trying to convince the vacuum museum to fix it. But these instructions will definitely come in handy! The mechanism is far more complicated than I had realized.

Post# 372803 , Reply# 3   5/27/2017 at 22:25 (386 days old) by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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You're welcome and good luck!


BTW, if the "1CR Classic" you mention is actually a "1CB Classic Omega," then you will need to order part no. 137073 as the handle fork spring.



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