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Hoover convertible high performance making a weird noise
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Post# 379655   10/13/2017 at 06:04 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Hello convertible fans! I have a late 80's/early 90's Hoover convertible high performance that I got from eBay almost a year ago and when I got it, it worked pretty good till in December when I was using it it somehow made a weird lawn mower like noise and I was like "What!?",so I thought the belt broke and got caught on the fan but it wasn't it and I thought the fan might have got broken but I checked with a flashlight and it wasn't it either,so I don't know I haven't been using it for almost a year and I hope someone knows the problem because I have know idea.

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Post# 379657 , Reply# 1   10/13/2017 at 06:22 by Firebirdman55 (Owensboro Kentucky)        

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I have had several plastic base Hoover Convertibles that the plastic brushroll housing either wears or breaks altogether, allowing the brushroll to spin freely in the housing. I would check this first.

Post# 379676 , Reply# 2   10/13/2017 at 11:41 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Well actually there's no belt on the brushroll now,the brushroll is all good,it's the motor,is there a way I can send you a short video of the vacuum running for a few seconds?

Post# 379747 , Reply# 3   10/14/2017 at 13:26 by Phaeton (Los Angeles)        

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You might check the carbon brushes as they can cause loss of power and sputtering. Remove them to check their condition and that they are not stuck in place.
Good luck,

Post# 379757 , Reply# 4   10/14/2017 at 15:39 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Thank you, I knew it might have to do with the carbon brushes,I'll try that,but how?

Post# 379759 , Reply# 5   10/14/2017 at 16:08 by Phaeton (Los Angeles)        

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Yes I understand, and to be honest I do not remember how the hood is removed LOL. If it were the Classic Convertible of the 60's & 70's I could tell you in a flash. I know I removed that style of hood many times at the shop. I believe it has 2 phillips/cross screws on the bottom that need to be removed. A picture of the bottom would help my old brain remember or better yet a Vacuumland Member jumping in and telling how to remove the hood.
Sorry I was not able to help,

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Post# 379766 , Reply# 6   10/14/2017 at 18:31 by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        

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It is two Phillip head screws on either side if the base, kind of towards the front wheels. That's it, then the hood should lift off.  The motor lifts out when the 4 screws on the base of the motor are removed.


In a slightly off subject question...Is that your Kenmore Twinfan upright in your cover pic? I have never seen that model before, if it is, please post some good clear pics of that.

Post# 379771 , Reply# 7   10/14/2017 at 19:32 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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There's one more clue: the impeller fan. Would it be broken (missing fins)?


Post# 379783 , Reply# 8   10/14/2017 at 23:44 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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TheSpiritof76🇺🇸,actually that is a Hoover concept 2 power drive from around the early/mid 80's that I got at goodwill for $23.80 back in June, it works very good but the handvac on it makes a rattle noise and yes I will take some pics of the vacuum,thank you.

Post# 379784 , Reply# 9   10/14/2017 at 23:46 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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If anyone would like,I can email y'all a short video of the vacuum,it's like a buzzing noise.

Post# 379786 , Reply# 10   10/15/2017 at 01:03 by KirbyClassicIII (Milwaukie, Oregon)        

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I got the video you made... and I left you a reply saying it might be the fan!


Post# 379804 , Reply# 11   10/15/2017 at 15:50 by TheSpiritOf76 (Historic Midtown Wichita Kansas. )        
No Gabe....

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This is what I am talking about.

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Post# 379810 , Reply# 12   10/15/2017 at 18:25 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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Oh that yes it is an old kenmore and probably a twin fan model but I don't have that vacuum in my collection,that came from a goodwill store that I took a year ago,I should've gotten it.

Post# 380896 , Reply# 13   11/7/2017 at 23:25 by Gj3476 (Dallas,TX)        

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One question, whenever I get a new fan for this vacuum, which ones better? The 6 blade or 11 blade? Thank you.

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